Paper or plastic: which bag hurts the environment more?

Paper or Plastic: Which Bags Hurt the Environment More?
Paper or Plastic: Which Bags Hurt the Environment More?

Is limiting the use of plastic bags really helping the environment? A study of 6 major American cities, revealed that these eco-friendly laws and taxes may not actually create a positive environmental effect.

When we ban plastic bags, it forces us to use alternatives such as paper and reusable bags. However, these alternatives can ends up costing each city more money. For example, paper bags are biodegradable, but they are also heavier. This means that they take up more space in city landfills. Reusable bags are often made in China, and then shipped here! Not exactly environmentally friendly.

So the decision between paper or plastic is a lot more complicated than it first appears. Trace from Dnews discusses some of the overlooked considerations.

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