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How To Solve The Menace Of Plastic Packaging Waste

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One of the most serious problems that the world is facing today is discarded plastic packaging. The use of plastic packaging has increased twentyfold over the past 50 years and there are no signs that the popularity of plastic packaging will dwindle any time soon. In fact, it is expected to double in the next 20 years.

The problems with plastic packaging are becoming critical and it is estimated that by 2050, there will be more plastic trash in the oceans than marine life. Do you imagine sea birds, whales, sea turtles and other forms of marine life eating plastic packages? They would surely die from choking and intestinal damage.

It is possible to eradicate plastic waste in the oceans, rivers and streams if there is collaboration among all the participants in the supply chain from the plastic packaging companies to product manufacturers. According to a study by the World Economic Forum and Ellen Arthur Foundation, redesigning and developing new technologies will prevent plastic packaging from ending up in the waters as well as in landfills. It may take years to find a systematic solution but stakeholders should never lose hope. The time to act is now.

Virtually all plastic packages that escape the collection system end up in the waters or in landfills. The growing amount of plastics in the environment eventually pollutes the oceans and clogs urban infrastructures. The aggregate cost of this impact including the greenhouse gas emissions from the production of plastic packaging products are estimated at $40 billion annually which exceeds the total profits earned by the packaging industry.

In order to overcome the limitations of today’s incremental improvements and fragmented initiatives, there must be a shared sense of direction that will move the plastic value chain to a better environmental outcome. However, change is very difficult because while there are efforts, it is fragmented and uncoordinated.

For all these reasons, Paper Mart retail bags offer an option as environmentally friendly packaging. Retail bags are made from paper, paperboard or cloth that can be recycled after use. Retail bags may not be a large scale solution but it is a step towards the right direction.


Small Bathrooms Aren’t A Problem With These Killer Decorating Tips

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Bathroom remodeling is beneficial to your house because any home improvement project done can increase the value of the overall property in the case the homeowner wishes to sell it in the future. Bathrooms are the easier to renovate or remodel because of its smaller space making it a homeowner’s favorite to renovate. There are some factors that discourage homeowners not to renovate their bathrooms and one of them is having a small bathroom. If you think having a small bathroom means you couldn’t do much about it, don’t make that as an excuse. There are still ways on how you could beautify your bathroom even with just a small space.

Here are a few small bathroom decorating tips to help you out.

  1. Avoid anything that sticks out from the wall. This means that you would have to refrain from using your towel bars or ditch them entirely. Try going with built in devices and avoid fixtures or pieces that take too much space such as decorative shelves. This is because anything that sticks from a wall can take away square footage for the room.
  2. Paint your ceiling with realistic imagery. If you have a small bathroom with a high ceiling, you can take advantage of this by painting it with a trompe l’oeil By painting a realistic imagery in your ceiling, you would be able to divert attention towards the ceiling and not to the room.
  3. Go for clear shower enclosures. Placing clear or transparent shower enclosures can give your room the illusion of a bigger space.
  4. Choose a small vanity. If you are going to place vanity units inside your bathroom, you should go for the smallest one, preferably single basin vanity units.
  5. Install tiles on the floor diagonal. By diagonally placing tiles on the floor, it can help your bathroom appear wider or bigger than it actually is.
  6. Go for a mirrored medicine cabinet. This would help you save a great deal of space. Mirrored medicine cabinets come in a variety of designs that can help make your bathroom more stylish.
  7. Use two paint colors. If you use a highly decorative or colorful paint or wallpaper, it will make your bathroom appear cluttered and really small.