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AF&PA Response to “OP-ED: Everyone Loses Under Bag Bans”

Jan 11, 2013
San Mateo Response
Renewable Bag Council
January 11, 2013

In response to “OP-ED: Everyone loses under bag bans”, published on January 3rd, the record on paper bags needs to be set straight.

When choosing a grocery bag, paper is the most environmentally-conscious choice.
The op-ed states that plastic bags are made from a natural gas derivative, and not from
oil. Natural gas, just like oil, is a fossil fuel and non-renewable. Unlike plastic, paper
bags are made from recovered paper and wood fiber, a renewable and sustainable
resource.

The forest products industry sources the fiber used in its products from sustainably
managed forests. In fact, the United States has 20 percent more trees today than it did
on the first Earth Day celebration more than 40 years ago.

Paper bags can be recycled, reused and even composted, as evidenced by their use
throughout the country in municipal leaf mulching programs. Paper bags are 100 percent recyclable and their recovery rate is at nearly 50 percent, while that of plastic bags is at nearly 10 percent. Many of the products plastic bags are recycled into are precisely the types of hard plastics that the op-ed claims are the culprit of oceanic pollution. Plastic bag litter itself is a major threat to marine animals.

If you want to make a responsible and sustainable choice, choose paper bags.

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