Monday, May 23, 2011

Europe To Ban Plastic Bags?

plastic bag
Photo by eflon

While Edinburgh might belatedly be getting onto the bandwagon of banning plastic bags, they might have the decision taken out of their hands by Europe, who are looking to reduce the average 500 bags that each person on the continent uses annually.

Having the entire continent as a plastic-bag-free zone would be an immense achievement, and if it's successful then I would hope that it would spur on the lawmakers both in Europe and in Scotland and the UK.

Gordon of Ban Plastic Bags Edinburgh was on Radio 5 Live on Friday night "debating" the idea with a woman who dug herself a hole and sounded increasingly silly. Normally the BBC balances the callers out, but since all three men (plus Gordon) berated her for her selfishness, I'm assuming that no one actually phoned to defend her position of being able to take a free plastic bag whenever she wanted.

You can hear her making a fool of herself here. It should be queued up ready to go, but if not then the fun starts at the 0:44:30 mark and lasts for 15 minutes.

3 comments:

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Radik Khabibullin said...

http://bd.patent.su/2373000-2373999/pat/servl/servletb0da.html

EcoBag Paper. Patent of the Russian Federation # 2373315

Method for manufacturing paper packaging and refers to the pulp and paper production. At the bottom layer of paper pulp, distributed

on an infinite grid, moving the paper machine, put in as a reinforcement material pre-steamed and flattened pressure blades of grass

or straw. Then the blades of grass or straw covered with a second layer of paper pulp. Carry out dehydration and drying. The

technical result is an expansion of the range of packaging papers with improved strength properties and environmental friendliness.

The present invention relates to the field of pulp and paper industry.

The main disadvantage of modern packaging materials is a problem of their disposal: plastic bags do not decompose almost in the

external environment, and when they are burning a large amount of toxic products. Paper bags and boxes when they are certainly

more environmentally friendly have little tensile strength, especially when wet, which limits their application.

Known for wrapping paper, consisting of two paintings of the fibrous material based on paper, between which are placed longitudinal

elements of the reinforcing layer made in the form of bundles, such as paper rope (SU 1201385, cl. V32V 29/02, publ., 1985).

The closest analogue is a method for manufacturing packaging paper pulp by drawing on a grid paper machine to produce paper

webs, which are dried, and then to one of the webs of paper is applied dose mikrovoskovogo backup layer composition and fed to

the press, which is combined with another leaf paper ( SU 1714017, cl. D21N 27/10, publ. 1992).

The technical result is an expansion of the range of packaging papers with improved durability and environmental friendliness.

This technical result is achieved by a method of manufacturing paper packaging includes laying between two layers of paper pulp in

the manufacture of paper in the paper machine pre-steamed and flattened pressure stems of grass or straw as a reinforcing material

by placing them on the bottom layer distributed on an infinite grid, moving paper machine pulp and coating the stems of grass or

straw, the second layer of paper pulp, followed by dehydration and drying.

An example.

The method of manufacture of packaging paper is as follows. Pulp is fed to an endless moving mesh paper machine. This layer of

paper pulp over the full width mesh is placed pre-press flattened steamed stalks of grass or straw, which cover the second layer of

paper pulp. To ensure the same strength of paper packaging in all directions, blades of grass or straw is placed in a one-way

crossing. Pulp from the stems of grass or straw, dehydrated, first moving to the grid, and then between the cylindrical presses, after

which it is dried.

The proposed paper packaging has the following advantages:

1) high tensile strength, commensurate with the strength of the beam straw;

2) the ability of the package to pass through the air, which is important for the storage of fruits and vegetables;

3) the application of safety (absence of toxic materials in the packaging, which can be transformed into food products);

4) high environmental and efficiency in the utilization (can degrade in the environment in a natural way within a reasonable time

without the formation of toxic compounds);

5) low cost, especially when used as reinforcing additives agricultural waste.

Claim
Method of manufacturing paper packaging, which includes laying between two layers of paper pulp in the manufacture of paper in the

paper machine pre-steamed and flattened stalks of grass, or press the straw as a reinforcing material by placing them on the bottom

layer distributed on an infinite grid, moving the paper machine pulp and coating the stems grass or straw, the second layer of paper

pulp, followed by dehydration and drying.