Bags - The Facts



Conventional plastic bags have the greatest environmental impacts UNTRUE paper bags have a much greater carbon footprint.

Conventional plastic bags have the lowest global warming potential FACT manufacturing processes have streamlined in the last 50 years.

Plastic used for bag production seriously depletes oil reserves UNTRUE plastics production uses a by-product of oil refining. 

Plastic used for bag production largely comes from bi-products of oil refining such as naphtha and ethylene FACT

Heavy-duty, hand-finished, shopping bags are better for the environment UNTRUE fewer bags per container load means greater carbon footprint.

Heavy duty bags may be designed to last longer but require far greater resource in production which together with transportation and storage impacts negates any perceived environmental advantage FACT

Bags made from natural and sustainable materials (such as cotton and jute) are better for the environment MYTH They may be better for the environment in first instance, but overall carbon footprints outweigh the benefits.

Using these materials for bags wastes all the resources needed for growing the materials and requires an unrealistically high incidence of re-use before they even come close to the low impacts of plastic (which can always be recycled) FACT


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