How Plastic Bags Affect Our Lives

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Buying food always comes with a package. No, we don’t mean the additional-benefit kind of package. We mean it literally. Whenever you purchase food, it always comes in a box, in a bag or even in a bag in a box. Sure, it is necessary for food protection especially during transportation but people tend to take advantage of this and use them for convenience. If you must know, a single cucumber does not need its own plastic bag! There is no reason to use disposable plastic bags to bring your groceries home when you can just use a reusable cloth bag that lasts even longer and are more durable than plastic.

Globally, humans use as many as one trillion plastic bags every year, and only a meager of 5% of these plastic bags are recycled. If you are one of the many millions who use plastic bags, investing in reusable bags will definitely be worth it.

Personal Effects

One of the main causes of fresh food being rotten is the plastic containing them. The plastic wrapped around your fruit or vegetable won’t allow any fresh air for your food to be exposed with. Instead of ripening them, you’re actually rotting your food so if you want them to last longer, you just have to avoid unnecessary usage of plastic bags.

In addition to that, it has been unfortunately known that plastic has made its way to the food chain. Lots of businesses in countries all over the world are making use of plastic being broken down into smaller pieces as one of their ingredients in making food. Although it is uncertain what the long-term effects are when consumed, we are willing to bet that all the effects will be negative.

Environmental Effects

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Without the environment, the human race will cease to exist which is why we should take care of it. Nature has its way of coming back at us whenever we do something to harm her. One of these harmful ways is the use of plastic bags. Since they already have their place into our daily lives, they are slowly working their way as well into the environment in a rather not constructive way.

Plastic takes a long time to degrade. Plastic bags specifically take 1,000 years to decompose in a landfill. Additionally, the marine life is also greatly affected by this. Sea creatures tend to unintentionally eat plastic which doesn’t make its way out of the animal’s stomach that eventually causes them sickness or death. In other cases, the plastic might also get stuck in the animal’s nose, intestines, and other parts of their body which can cause blockage.

How can you help?

Solutions to long-term problems always start small. Although you may think what you’re doing to protect the environment does not help, it actually does especially when a lot of people are doing it with you.

The use of reusable bags is one of the many ways to help the environment. By nature, they are more durable and more substantial. Although we cannot stop the massive production and shipping of these things that still leave a significant carbon footprint, using them as alternatives to a one-time use of a plastic bag can still be helpful.

Another thing is to recycle. Always recycle. Banning plastic bags is not the only option. It is unavoidable that some people are always going to use plastic bags, and if you are one of them, then it is your responsibility to increase that 5% of recycled plastics.

One of each is not going to end the problem, but with both combined – the banning of single-use bags and the recycling of plastic bags – it could actually make a huge impact on both humanity and the environment.

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Innovations Made Possible by Technology that Could Save the Environment

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The invention and improvement of modern technology and science turned what we thought was impossible into a possible feat, from the invention of devices that made our daily lives quite pleasant and comfortable, all the way to machinery and tools that profoundly impacted our knowledge of the world and the universe. The use of technology as a way of making our lives comfortable is excellent and all, but the most significant contribution that technology could achieve as of the moment would be to help the environment recover. What with the growth in population and with it the increase in pollution, it would be the most logical task to do.

Even if we are not capable of creating methods in fixing our deteriorating landforms and restoring our ozone layer to its prime, there is still progress being made. Innovations that could deal with helping our environment give a breathing room are now available and is currently being utilized. Below are some of those inventions that are on use.

Roadways with solar panels.

 

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A French physicist Antoine-Cesar Becquerel already conceptualized the use of solar energy as another method of power source, a research that dates back to 1839 proved so. The solar cell is the main component of this technology that could convert sunlight and heat into electrical energy, but the limitation of such convenient method would be the consumption of space and its expensiveness. But with the brilliant minds of Scott and Julie Brusaw solved the problem by utilizing the roadways with reinforced solar panels. The spacious roads solved the issue of space and also transferred the expenditure to the government. It is a feat worth commending due to the environment-friendly method.

Handy and consumer-friendly water filter.

The shortage of water and lack of access to clean water is a problem that numerous people around the globe still suffer. The invention of inexpensive water filters by lots of researchers and scientists made it easy to distribute them to places that are deprived of water sources at a meager cost.

Vestergaard, a Switzerland-based company, invented the LifeStraw. It is a portable water filter that comes in a shape of a straw that is made so that one could drink any unfiltered and dirty water instantly. The LifeStraw functions in such a way that it eliminates parasites and contaminants with its mechanical filtration system that could also sterilize the water with iodine. What the drinker then consumes is a sanitized and dirt-free water from any water sources.

Electric cars and bicycles.

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It is undeniable that as of the moment, the most significant contributor to air pollution is the use of a fuel-based mode of transportation that constantly pollute the environment. This is due to their emission of black exhaust and chemicals that are considered threatening to humankind and to the planet, they also release other greenhouse gases that are contributing to climate change.

To fix this problem, there are other modes of transportation that run on renewable and environment-friendly energy are already released and used by many consumers. The electric bicycle could run only with a push of the pedal and as well as the energy output of the brush DC motor installed in the frame of the bicycle. Due to this, it allows people to travel on lengthy trips, with the rider capable of recharging the batteries through power outlets.

Ocean cleanser.

Currently, the ocean is also taking a toll because of the nature-destroying activities done by humans. We treat the ocean as if it’s one colossal dumping site for chemical waste and trash. Australian surfers Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski devised a floating water filter that siphons trashes and floating objects in the ocean as well as oil spills and chemical wastes. This is feasible due to the water pump installed unto the device that could absorb 25, 000 liters of debris and chemical wastes per hour and an advanced filtering system used to support the Seabin’s water-filtering ports. Even if this invention by these two surfers is not available in the market, its proven to be working and improve the situation of our ocean.

There are still many inventions and innovations that display numerous promises in recovering our nature and avert dangers in the future, the moment they are ready to be released in the public market. Let us hope that technology could speed up in its progress in improving and restoring our environment for the better future.

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