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www.bankrate.com/finance/smart-spending/paper-plastic-whats-environmentally-correct-choice.aspx

Dec 15, 2004 ...Paper bags are much bulkier than plastic, so they fill up more landfill space,” Rathje says. “They're three to five times bulkier than plastic, and you can see that yourself at the grocery. Landfills are closing down because they're full. From that perspective, plastic is much better than paper.” ...

science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-science/paper-plastic.htm

As you wrap up your weekly grocery shopping and get in line at the supermarket, it's time for yet another difficult choice. The cashier mechanically spouts at you, " Paper or plastic?" referring to what kind of bag you'd prefer. For some people, it's a stressful decision. Convenience is pulling you toward plastic, but a nagging ...

www.nbcnews.com/id/18538484/ns/nbc_nightly_news_with_brian_williams/t/paper-or-plastic-whats-greener-choice

May 7, 2007 ... "I just assumed paper was the better choice — more environmentally friendly choice," our guilty shopper says. But people don't realize how big a footprint the paper industry has. Here's how paper and plastic stack up side by side: To make all the bags we use each year, it takes 14 million trees for paper and ...

www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/07/08/paper-or-plastic-a-look-a_n_111547.html

Jul 16, 2008 ... Interestingly, the numbers for paper bag recycling get better faster — the more that are recycled, the lower their overall environmental impact — but, because plastic bags use much less to begin with, they still ends up creating less solid and waterborne waste and airborne emissions. Paper and plastic bags' ...

www.allaboutbags.ca/papervplastic.html

The belief that paper is better than plastic is not based on science or fact. It is based on misconceptions about how plastic bags are made, how landfills work, the incidence of plastic litter, and that non-biodegrading products are bad for the planet. Numerous life cycle assessments demonstrate that conventional plastic bags ...

climatekids.nasa.gov/paper-or-plastic

A plastic bag and bottle. Plastic is not made from living things like paper is. Plastic is made by people. It never existed before people created it. If we don't have to cut down any trees to make it, is that better? Not really. The trouble with plastic is that it's not part of nature. It doesn't fit into any ecosystem. Nothing can eat it, ...

www.treehugger.com/culture/paper-bags-or-plastic-bags-everything-you-need-to-know.html

Jul 9, 2008 ... Paper or plastic bags: which is better? It's an age old question, when it comes time to check out when grocery shopping: paper bag or plastic bag? It seems like it should be an easy choice, but there's an incredible number of details and inputs hidden in each bag. From durability and reusability to life cycle ...

greenliving.lovetoknow.com/Paper_vs._Plastic

The paper vs. plastic bag debate is an interesting one. The debate should reach far beyond which type of grocery bag to choose at the checkout. Whether paper bags or plastic bags are best, or perhaps, least worst, for the environment is frequently discussed. Most people, without giving the matter a great deal of thought, ...

ecomyths.org/2014/05/27/myth-paper-bags-are-greener-than-plastic

May 27, 2014 ... Paper vs. Plastic Showdown There's a new sheriff in town—and plastic shopping bags are taking the heat. With Chicago the latest city to jump on the bandwagon of 160+ other U.S. cities (and ... Plus, the thin recycled plastic options fit better in your purse/murse for those last-minute shopping trips. The UK ...