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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Paper or Plastic? 12 million barrels of oil are used each year to make plastic bags 14 Million trees are used to makePaper bags a year Plastic bags create four times as much wastethan paper bags Thats enough waste tofill the empire state building two and a half times! Plastic bags only acount fora couple percentage points in landfills or steets, less thancigarette butts! On the other hand, they are large and become traps forwild animals such as birds and even fish Harder to recycle, normal recycling facilitiescannot recycle plastic bags they must be taken to a factorydesigned specially for recycling them The EPA has stated that in landfills, paperDoes not degrade that much faster than plastic Production of paper bags makes 70% more pollution as wellas consume more water andenergy than plastic bags 4X Four times as much energy is requiredto make a paper bag compared to a plastic one It takes more energy to recyclea paper bag than to make another one! As surprising as it may be to many, both paper and plastic have many downsides associated with them. Paper while it comes from a renuable resource uses much more energy to make one, and even then they dont fair much better on the decomposing side as we would like to think. Plastic bags however, come from a non renewable resource, endanger wildlife animals, and create much more waste in the end. Some places in the world are making an effort to improve plastic bags.For example, San Francisco has started making stores only use bio-degradeable plastic bags, which solve most of the problems with those bags. There is also a thirdand perhaps best option which is to BYOB or bring your own bags to the store. Cloth bags, because they are reusable would be the best option epecially since nowaste is involved. If that was not an option however, paper bags would be the best option. Although it costs much more energy to create them, this is a problem thatcan be fixed with technoledgy advancements. Oil is slowly becoming a precious resource that we can not waste anymore. Trees can grow back, but oil takes millions of years to develop within the ground. Plastic bags were invented in the 1970's Works Cited:Thompson, Anne. "Paper or Plastic Whats the Greener Choice?" National Broadcasting Company, 5 July 2007. Web. 13 Dec. 2013.Tarantola, Andrew. "Paper or Plastic? Try Neither." Gizmodo. N.p., 13 Nov. 2013. Web. 13 Dec. 2013.McGrath, Jane. "Which Is More Environmentally Friendly: Paper or Plastic?" HowStuffWorks. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Dec. 2013.Ball, Jeffrey. "Paper or Plastic? A New Look at the Bag Scourge." Wall Street Journal, 12 June 2009. Web. 13 Dec. 2013. The Decision:
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