Paper Bags are a better choice than plastic bags. (Eco Friendly bags are the best option!!!!)
Paper bags have always been considered a more eco friendly alternative; however considering their entire life cycle, upon further examination, you will find a different result. Although they are made from a renewable resource and are biodegradable, when looking at paper bag manufacturing, usage, and disposal problems, you will see they are in fact not a better alternative. Compared to plastic, producing a paper bag emits 70% more global warming gases, creates 50 times more water pollution, uses 4 times more raw materials, and consumes 3.5 times more energy. These numbers are astounding and it's our job as consumers to realize the facts. We must consider the other option though, and that is the use of reusable bags. The use of them will completely eliminate any issues associated with the alternatives.
Once a plastic bag goes into a landfill, it degrades completely, right?
Wrong!!! In a landfill, nothing 100% completely degrades due to the lack of water, light and oxygen that are necessary for the degradation process. Eco Friendly bags will last up to 2-3 years so the issue of them degrading in a landfill will be an afterthought.
A common assumption is that once a plastic bag photo-degrades in a landfill, then it is gone for good.
However, the plastic from a single-use bag never goes away, and toxic particles can enter the food chain when they are ingested by unsuspecting animals. This is unfair to the animals ingesting them. The use of eco friendly bags will quickly solve any problems associated with plastic bags harming our wildlife.
Recycling is the answer right? Wrong!!!
Recycling has its place -- in fact, we offer bags made of recycled PET, called RPET bags or recycled PET bags, because we support sustainable paths for the world's overabundance of plastic. However, it's not the solution to the plastic bag problem. Recycling rates for plastic bags are extremely low. Only 1 to 3% of plastic bags end up getting recycled. In addition, economics of recycling plastic bags are not appealing. From the process of sorting, to the contamination of inks and the overall low quality of the plastic used in plastics bags, recyclers would much rather focus on recycling the vast quantities of more viable materials such as soda and milk bottles that can be recycled far more efficiently. If the economics don't work, recycling efforts don't work. We must learn about the myths associated with these problems and realize the facts. It's time to end all of these problems and everyone needs to realize that the solution lies within the use of eco friendly bags.