Paper Bags vs. Plastic Bags, Everything You Need to Know

Plastic Toxins Entering the Oceanic Food Chain

Over the past few decades, humans have dumped tons upon tons of garbage into the ocean, including many plastics which takes thousands of years to decay. Consequently the plastic toxins have entered the food chain, threatening human health. In the most polluted places in the ocean, the mass of plastic, including plastic bags, exceeds the amount of plankton six times over. This is a large piece of evidence that plastic bags are no ECO-friendly.

Plastic never goes away it always comes back. If you burn it then the little pieces blow away and there will be plastic in the air that can hurt or can land in food and we can eat it and it can cause damage to our human health. People throw away plastic and recycle it but it starts to go in the dirt and the water and goes to the ocean, rivers and waterways. The animals think its food so they eat it. It goes in their stomachs and its gets them sick and they eventually die cause they think they are full but there is just a bunch of plastic and there is no room for food so they are basically starving themselves. Also plastic is made of crude oil which is bad cause well the factories and that is air pollution and water pollution. So paper does not destroy our enviroment, plastic does.

Are paper bags really ECO-friendly?

One of the most effective things we could all do is to be responsible for our trash. When we have the opportunity, we should try to avoid shopping products packaged in plastic bags. We should always recycle plastic when we do use it. Many request paper bags instead of plastic bags when shopping. However, Is it really eco-frendly to use paper bags?

Paper Bags vs. Plastic Bags, which is more reuseable

but in fact, only very little plastic bags and paper bags can be reused. Although plastic bags recycling has been worked well in many places, most of plastics in the world are wasted and remain as nondegradable pollutants. So the biggest question isn’t about which one is better to manufacture, but how does it to be efficiently reused. There are such a huge number of manufacturers of plastics, but a rather tiny number of manufacturers of plastic recycling. Even if some manufacturers produce recycled plastic bags, it can’t solve the problem at the moment.

8 thoughts on “Paper Bags vs. Plastic Bags, Everything You Need to Know”

  1. I don’t prefer either of paper bags and plastic bags. Nobody wants to die from poisoned by plastic, while nobody means to destruct the nature as well. Plastic bags and paper bags are common things in our lives, and the blog seems to do nothing wrong. I think you just tried to stress the relationship between human and nature so that people wouldn’t be lost in fanaticism of paper bags. Yes, the best way is to reuse,

  2. I think plastic is better than paper…
    If the govt take the step of awraness and alll.Govt should open the depos to collect plastic from all the houses who using carry bags and they will get money instead of that…
    Simply public also has to take care that we should not throw the plastic carry bags in roads and all

    In simple if you are using paper instead of plastic; then it means we are simply destroying nature only

    So dont throw plastic any where

    Use plastic save nature will be one definition for this

  3. plastic cannot always be recycled. Plus, you left some information out regarding plastics and even paper. I agree with Paperboy and please read his statement about paper. Please understand that my philosophy is hug a tree, kiss a rock. I love trees, but we have a huge problem with plastic! Plus, you don’t realize that kraft paper bags can be reused. You may get several uses out of them. Let me point out reasons why plastic isn’t at all sustainable.

    There are seven different types of plastics and most of them aren’t recyclable. 1, 2, and 4 (sometimes) can be recycled.

    Therefore, plastic 3, 4 (sometimes), 5, 6, 7 are going into the landfill.
    – Not sustainable

    When plastic is recycled and broken down during manufacturing process, companies always need to add new plastic in order to bond the materials together when forming the new containers.
    – Not sustainable
    Therefore, plastic 1, 2 and 4 (sometimes) isn’t really sustainable.

    In other countries, how much of 1 and 2 are actually being recycled? Take China for example, and their lack of care for the environment. They are one of the worst countries and has almost no restrictions on waste. Due to this their lack of treatment of wastewater created “superbugs” which are “fail to kill” that carry deadly diseases.

    There is a trash pile out in the Pacific Ocean which is now two times the size of Texas. Guess what?! Most of the material is plastic!
    – Not sustainable

    Different types of plastic degrade at different times, and the average time for plastic to decompose is at least 450 years. Some plastic may take a 1,000 years to decompose!
    – Not sustainable

    All of those stupid reusable plastic bags we purchase at the local grocery store are mass-produced, and are just as harmful to the environment than the bags we get for free at the store. Plus, they are a breeding ground for bacteria (wash them). Only use the bags that are made out of cloth or use kraft paper bags. Remember, paper bags still can be used more than once and are compostable. Some paper bags may be FSC certified, an international nonprofit which promotes responsible management. They track the amount of trees are cut down and replant them with new ones.

    Paper seems way more sustainable for our environment since it’s 100% recyclable and compostable.
    – Sustainable

    Glass and tin can always be recycled.
    – Sustainable

    So, why do we use plastics at all?
    Because it’s cheaper than glass and tin; plastic is lighter than glass and sturdier than tin. Big companies always want to go the “cheap way out” and don’t want to invest in something when its going to be thrown away.

    There are going to be problems with every process, but if I had to choose paper sounds a whole lot better.

  4. Paper bags are made from recycled paper, not virgin paper as this article I poles.
    I know of property where mules are still used to harvest trees. Clear cutting is NOT a given. FSC standards don’t allow for clear cutting.
    A plastic bag is made of oil and cannot be replaced whereas 7 trees are planted for every one that os harvested.
    Bleaching is now longer allowed per se in the virgin paperboard business. But brown paper bags don’t fall on this category.

  5. Billions of plastic bags are produced and thrown away every year in the US and less than 1% are being recycled – to the detriment of our environment and planet. Reusable bags are available in almost every shopping center, which is a perfect option and should be adopted by any who want to make a difference and live green. For simple eco-tips for your everyday life

  6. I think that it’s more important to start using reusable bags for groceries. I understand the points brought up but it seems that it would help the earth in general if we just used bags that are reusable instead of paper or plastic.
    I honestly believe it might do us some good to make it a habit for people by not offering paper or plastic. just my two cents.
    whenever possible, up-cycling a plastic bag may offer a partial solution for the elimination of the waste created as a by-product of recycling.
    As an up-cycling artist I bring my fabric-homemade bag with me to the market, but walk around the supermarket in my neighborhood picking up from the ground what otherwise would end up in our land fields…

  7. It amazes me how many tree huggers make the choice that kills trees, uses 4x more energy (50x when recycled), creates 70% more air pollution and 50 times more water pollution in manufacturing.
    The 1.5 plastic bags to one paper bags is not accurate. Paper bags are almost always double bagged when anything heavy needs to be carried.
    Also, there are plenty of plastics that retain close to 100% of their physical properties when recycled, so your assumption that plastic behaves like hollandaise sauce is completely untrue.
    However, I completely agree that the bring your own bag is the best solution, but there needs to be a way to encourage enough people to do it to be impactful. There should be a charge for bags like the bottle bill, paper or plastic.

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