For a long time, paper bags were considered a more environmental alternative. However, consider their whole life cycle and you find a different story.
A look at paper bag manufacturing, usage, and even disposal problems, and you will see why they are not a better choice.
Compared to plastic, making a paper bag:
- emits 51% more global warming gasses
- creates 50 times more water pollution
- uses 4 times more raw materials
- consumes 2 times more energy
Once used, paper bags are unlikely to be re-used. They tear easily and disintegrate when wet.
Although paper bags are biodegradable, about 80% percent of all paper bags end up in landfills. There, they do not biodegrade because of a lack of oxygen. Bag for bag, they cost more to landfill than plastic bags because they take up much more space by weight and volume.
Every study ever done shows reusable bags as by far the best choice for the environment. Help keep our forests green and use reusable bags!