Whilst there have been gradual changes to the availability single-use plastics, up until now, it’s all felt like a drop in the ocean. Yet, in October 2018, the European Parliament congregated to impose a complete ban on a wide-variety of single-use plastics. The ultimate aim is to prevent the excessive pollution of the ocean. We’ve all seen the footage of animals with stomachs full of plastic or encased in plastic, and it’s easy to wonder how the ocean ended up in such a terrible state of affairs. It is by the public’s persistence that dramatic change needs to happen now after David Attenborough’s BBC Blue Planet series aired. David Attenborough’s work has never just been about showcasing the beauty of the natural world. There has always been a strong focus on how our lifestyles are hindering and driving other species to extinction. With such minimal changes to our daily lives, we can all work together to make the environment more hospitable for both land-dwelling and sea-dwelling creatures. You can watch a clip of David Attenborough’s Blue Planet here.
As a consumerist society, we’ve grown to love and come to think that we need single-use plastics, however, this isn’t the case when there are so many alternatives now on the market. They may be a little more expensive for the time being, yet the ultimate price is being paid by our wildlife. We’ve already seen a drastic reduction of the amount of fish in the ocean. Yet, it was predicted that if drastic measures aren’t taken there will be more plastic in the ocean that there are fish by 2050. And that’s without mentioning the potential hazards of the toxicity of the plastic.
Which Single-Use Plastics Are Now Banned Under European Parliament?
Whilst only some of the single-use plastics which are currently used commonly in Europe was included in the blanket ban there are plenty more items that the proposal calls for a reduction. This included items such as plastic cups and food containers such as you would receive from the supermarket or a fast food restaurant.
However, the list of banned single-use plastic items now includes:
●Plastic cutlery and plates
What are the Alternatives?
A lot of single-use items which were previously made from plastic can easily be placed by different materials. Pubs, bars, and restaurants have all been quick to replace their straws with paper straws. Whilst paper straws may not be as pleasant to drink from as plastic straws, their biodegradable properties ensure that we aren’t contributing to the oceanic plastic problem for the convenience of using a straw for a few minutes at a time. If you’re not a fan of the paper straws, you can also invest in your own reusable metal straws, which can easily be recycled if need be.
How Far Can Legislation Take Us?
With a little research, you’ll soon see that for every single-use plastic, there is a more environmentally friendly alternative. If you’d like more information on how you can make a real difference to your consumption and discarding of plastic, why not check out these 26 top tips on how to reduce the amount of plastic in your home? As you’ll soon see, the alternatives may be slightly more expensive than what you’d expect from single-use plastic items, yet, is there any better investment than the environment? Whilst governments around the world are all doing their bit in ensuring that there are less plastics available to purchase, we must also take a proactive role in the limitation of plastic in our environment. Whilst toothbrushes, lighters, and other common household items are not yet featured on the banned list, it’s easy to find alternatives to the common plastic variations we see every day.
If you take a look around wherever you are right now, unless you’re sitting in a remote woodland far away from civilisation, you’re going to see plastic around you. Start to think of ways in which this could be reduced. That’s not to say ridding your home of the plastic which is already in use is of any benefit to the planet. Yet, when it comes to disposing of the plastic already in your possession it is imperative that you recycle even the smallest parts of plastic whenever possible. As it is these small pieces of plastic which may ultimately cause the greatest devastation to wildlife.
Of course, the key to solving the crisis which we have seen with plastic in recent years will never be to fully eradicate plastic from the planet. It would be infeasible and impossible. Instead, we must focus on regulatory measures and recognised bodies whose primary job is to oversee (or should that be oversea?) how plastic is recycled and come up with new ways to prevent the plastic from ending up in our oceans. With effective regulation measures in place, we can still enjoy our modern-day commodities. Regulation has always served as a way to ensure responsibility. If you take for example gambling. Just like plastic, gambling doesn’t have the best reputation. Yet, under measures, such as those imposed on online slot machine websites such as Egypt Slots those who enjoy gambling can do so knowing that they are protected by the regulations put in place to ensure that they access a safe and fair website. Egypt Slots have gone above and beyond to ensure that all of the information required for a player to make an informed decision about their gaming is fully visible. Players will get a clear and accurate view of the price of the stakes alongside information such as the Return to Player rate.
Social change is an inevitable part of a progressive society. It’s easy to feel scorned by the fact that items of such convenience have been taken away by the new European laws. Yet, when you look at the bigger picture, to move forward and limit the environmental impact of our modern ways of living, it’s more than worth embracing the change.
“Back in the day” is a familiar phrase for those reminiscing about times past. We reflect on how things used to be, and how times have changed. For solicitors, especially local solicitors, the phrase couldn’t be any more apt today if you wanted it to be.
In these times, a local solicitor was found under the local directory books (Yellow Pages, Thompson Local etc.), or through adverts in the local newspaper. If you could afford it, then an ad shell at a bus stop or on the side of the wall were other ways that big budget spenders could grow knowledge of their law firm, locally.
Advance to today, and the opportunities for reaching both local, regional and nationwide clients are endless. For the client themselves, it’s never been easier to find the right solicitor for you, one who may not necessarily be local, but fits the bill for what you’re looking for.
It’s not about locality, it’s about the law subject of advice you need
No longer is there a need to pick your law firm based on their locality to your home. Thanks to digital media, social media and of course, the internet, you can find the perfect solicitor nationwide. Because now it’s based on their level of expertise in a specific law area, not location.
For example, even when based in Altrincham, but might find that a Bury based solicitor focusing on an injury at work claim is a better fit for your claim, due to your need for their specific expertise in that area.
Communication is key, too. Due to Skype, mobile phones, emailing etc. a local law firm like Aston Knight has the ability to operate nationwide, all from the comfort of an office based in Bury. They can do so with a small and dynamic team who are accessible through these communication channels, and because of these communication channels, clients feel at ease regardless of where there are based.
Understanding your claim and what you need
The most important thing when seeking legal advice is understanding your claim and finding solicitors that suit your claim. It’s no good looking for a family law expert solicitor if your claim is regarding an injury at work. It sounds silly, but you’d be surprised how often people don’t research correctly to find the right solicitor for their claim.
A piece of advice; don’t search locally, think nationwide. Don’t be restricted by where you are from but be open to where the experts are from. Search based on the type of legal advice and expertise you need. Ensure that you use all the tools available to you from Google through to Find A Solicitor, and make your decision based on the gut feeling and experience of the law firm in your chosen field. Finding the right solicitor is one of the most important decisions you’ll need to make, so make sure you do your due-diligence beforehand.
Here are some of my top tips for additional OS X functions, most have come from my experience at home and work.
1. Plugging in a TV or Second Monitor
Most Mac models come with an external connector for attaching additional screens (normally a mini DVI connector). From this you need a mini DVI to DVI connector then another cable to plug into your screen, this can be a DVI to VGA cable, DVI to DVI cable or as I have a DVI to HDMI cable. All the cables are very cheap and can normally be picked up from Ebay.
OS X should automatically detect the second screen plugged in and you can open system preferences to adjust the resolution. You may have to play around with the settings, my 26" LG HD TV looks best on 1280 x 720 rather than its native resolution.
I've had my iMac plugged into my TV for the past 6 months and people still think its cool how I can move my mouse from one screen to another.
2. Sharing your Internet over Wireless.
While I was at University our local cable supplier didn't give out free wireless routers so to save buying one I shared the Internet out through my iMac's wireless. In Leopard the Internet can be shared from the Sharing section in System Preferences.
3. Bluetooth Internet Through Your Phone
It usually takes ISP's about two weeks to put ADSL on a phone line. Clearly I couldn't be without Internet for two weeks so I turned to my mobile phones provider (T-Mobile) to hook me up to the net. Now that 3G signal is well established (and I have a 3G phone) I got speeds of around 3mb for
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Piclens is a plugin for Firefox that allows you to browse pictures in a fullscreen 3D envionment. It's 3D wall interface (pictured below) makes it effortless to browse thousands of photos quickly and easily.
Once you find a picture you like, a single click shows an enlarged version with any available description.
Sites have to be enabled to use Piclens however sites such as Flickr and some news sites have the ability to use it.
PicLens works on:
* Google Images
* Picasa Web Albums
* Bebo Hi5
* Yahoo Image Search
* Ask Image Search
* Live Image Search
* AOL Image Search