Report – Paper versus Plastic ?

Bring your own Bag

The new green trend dictates that you should bring your own bags to the market rather than use paper or plastic. Everyone is guilty of leaving them home, in the back of the car, or not bringing enough. So, to reinforce the idea, here is a debate on paper versus plastic:

Paper Vs Plastic

Paper Vs Plastic

Paper: Kraft paper (Kraft origination from the German language meaning strong) is made from virgin wood. Paper mills release toxic chemicals that contribute to air pollution, acid rain and water pollution, not to mention the horrific stench they give off.

Plastic: Made of polyethylene (an oil-based product). 80% of polyethylene is produced from natural gas – an abundant, yet non-renewable resource. It can be recycled but is not considered “cradle to cradle” meaning it cannot be recycled over and over nor returned to an organic state.

Paper: It takes more than four times as much energy to manufacture a paper bag as it does to manufacture plastic. The impact of paper bag production on forests is enormous.

Plastic: Plastic experts agree that it’s a long, long time for plastic to break down. Arguments range from 500-1000 years. Most likely, every single piece of plastic created is still on this planet. That’s a lot of plastic.

Paper: Generates 70% more air and 50 times more water pollutants than plastic bags.

Plastic: Is a significant source of litter all over the world. Unlike a paper bag, which will biodegrade quickly when exposed to the elements, the lowly plastic bag will simply soar with the wind until it becomes entangled in a tree or dangles from a shrub in your flower bed. Nice.

Nothing completely degrades in modern landfills because of the lack of water, light, oxygen and other important elements necessary for the degradation process. Both paper and plastic gobble up natural resources and cause significant pollution.

A little extra incentive:
The listserv Macaroni Kid will send a free re-usable bag to the first 50 who ask. Just email name and mailing address to Joyce@macaronikid.com.

By EXAMINER

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