Energy Efficiency

Paper over Plastic

Plastic Bags; The Problem

The two main ingredients that make up most standard plastic bags are petroleum and natural gas.

Plastic bags are not, in any way biodegradable, and they harm the wildlife if it is ingested.

The United States uses 331 billion barrels of petroleum for plastic production each year-petroleum being a dangerous pollutant to the environment  when it contaminates the water and the air.

As you can see in the photo, at first glance, the objects look like jellyfish floating around, but in reality they are plastic bags.

In the ocean, there are 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile.

Above is a beach full of plastic bags.

Each year, the world uses about 100 million plastic bags per minute.

In America, 100 billion plastic bags are thrown away each year.

Less than 5% of plastic bags are recycled in the United States each year. :(

An alternative

Paper bags do not pollute the environment the way plastic bags do, and, of course, they are not made from petroleum.

Paper bags are made from trees, and they are biodegradable.

Paper bags are even more effective and safe for the environment if they are reused. If you ask for paper bags instead of plastic at the grocery store, save them and use them for other things when you need to.

If it happened so that a paper bag was left outside, it would decay without harming anything or extracting gases into the air.

Lastly, if paper bags are recycled correctly, they can be reused and morphed to produce other products made from paper. Some could say the same about plastic, but paper bags are more often recycled.

So next time you are at your grocery store and the cashier asks "Paper or plastic?", choose paper, because it is the right thing to do, and much safer for the planet that you inhabit.

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