Paper Or Plastic?

These bags have their own set of issues. While they are biodegradable and pose less of a danger to wildlife, they still require a large amount of resources to produce. Trees must be chopped down to produce these bags, and their production uses a large amount of water and energy, and that releases pollution into the air.

 

Plastic bags aren’t as easily recyclable as other common items like cardboard boxes and plastic or glass bottles. Plastic bags, are almost never accepted in curbside recycling programs because recyclables are often taken to a facility to be sorted by a machine, and harder, more rigid items are much easier to sort. Plastic bags are just too soft for this type of mass recycling.