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An Unfeasible Alternative
In our era of ecological and environmental awakening, the question of paper or plastic bags should be considered seriously. Everyone uses bags; everybody has this choice. Why do we have a choice? It is a question of environmental impact, and it should be the responsibility of us all to make the most ecologically aware, and sound decision. It seems like it should be an easy choice, but there's an incredible number of details and inputs hidden in each bag. Properties and benefits of plastic packaging outcast any other type of packaging straight away but it’s only the misleading and false environmental advantage that is normally associated with paper bags. From durability and reusability to life cycle costs, there's a lot more to each bag than meet the eye. Let's take a look behind these bags.

Paper, of course, comes from trees causing a huge environmental cost. Further, the process of making paper bags causes 70% more atmospheric pollution than plastic bags. Paper bags use 300% more energy to produce, and the process uses huge amounts of water and creates very unpleasant organic waste. When they degrade they emit methane and carbon dioxide. Paper bag production use and disposal results in 3.3 times the greenhouse gas emissions associated with polyethylene bags. The global-warming impact of paper bag use is almost twice that of conventional plastic bags.(California Master Environmental Assessment March 2010 page 31).
Water use for paper and compostable-plastic bags is more than 16 times the use for plastic bags.(Ibid. page 35) Solid waste production is 2.7 times greater by weight for paper bags than for polyethylene plastic bags.(Ecobilan (2004).

A stack of 1000 new plastic carrier bags would be around 2 inches high, but a stack of 1000 new paper grocery bags could be around 2 feet high. It would take at least seven times the number of trucks to deliver the same number of bags, creating seven times more transport pollution and road congestion.

Also, because paper bags are not as strong as plastic, people may use two or three bags inside each other. Paper bags cannot normally be re-used, and will disintegrate if wet.

Despite all the environmental and economic problems disguised in paper bag paper manufacturers have remained remarkably successful by expressing genuine concern for the environment, which in fact is a fake concern, concealing the truth of where the finished paper product comes from. This is the reason that their “anti-plastic” campaigns have been surprisingly positive by showing only one side of the picture. But the battle for environmental friendly bags is over now and the only edge until now paper bags had over plastic bags is canceled out. So all those flexible plastics that are perceived as damaging to the environment due to their lack of biodegradability if made with d2w oxo-biodegradable technology will oxo-biodegrade more efficiently.
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