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Plastic Bags VS Paper Bags!!

We need to carry things along with us all day long and for that we need Bags! Bags are part of our lives just like any other essential thing. We cannot bring back home all the grocery or vegetable items, bought from the superstore in our hands. Choosing between plastic bag or paper bag looks no difficult and easy but that actually there is much more to it. You can choose anything if you are not concerned about the fact that how your chosen product can be harmful to the environment and how that not chosen one could be really environment friendly. There are facts like the durability of bags, their reusability and the energy and time they use to recycle matters a lot.



Before deciding on which one should be used just have a look at what actually both bags are. Paper bags, made from paper have anyone ever thought that where that paper comes from? We all know very well that the paper comes from trees and actually a lot of trees. A general perception that the plastic bags are a great threat to the environment as they cannot be disposed-off and instead paper bags are environment friendly proves to be wrong when we get to know the source from which they come. There is one whole lot of a process behind having those paper bags in our departmental and superstores. Cutting trees to manufacture the paper bags, does it sound good and environment friendly from any side? I guess, the answer will be no. Cutting trees have a long term and very severe damaging effects on the planet. Despite knowing the reality that we need a lot of trees around us to survive and get as much oxygen and carbon dioxide absorbed as possible people are cutting trees in a large amount.

Where do those paper bags vanish after you are done using them? We would have never thought of it earlier. Wasting a lot of wood and trees just to make those paper bags and then what happens? Paper bags can be composted which will turn out to be really healthy and nutrient for the soil in coming times. Then they could be recycled or just thrown away. Throwing them away purposelessly is strongly prohibited as it will take a long time to get decomposed in the soil. Recycling of paper is also tricky, as the paper to be recycled needs to get re-pulped, which is done by using chemicals. Then it is made sure that all the previous ink and print marks are gone totally and any other thing which can be a hindrance in the recycling procedure is eliminated. After that, it is pressed and rolled up in to a new paper. This shows it needs a lot of energy and time to recycle.

Then comes the question, that from what do these plastic bags come. Plastic is mostly a by-product of oil refining process. The most utilized energy in the making of plastic is electricity; it needs a huge amount of electricity to heat up the oil at such a high level so that it is divided in its many components which are further molded in polymers. Apart from just an excessive utilization of electricity there are no other big damages being made to the environment unlike paper bags which need a lot of trees to get cut. Plastic can also be recycled but it is not an easy task. It requires melting the already existing plastic bags and then reshaping that plastic. It is stated by the many authorized resources that recycling a plastic needs three times more energy than manufacturing them for the first time. Also, that the recycled plastic bags will not be as good in quality as the first time made ones. Plastic bags need less energy, airborne emissions and cost to be recycled as compared to the paper bags. Even the plastic produces less water and other kind of wastes than the paper. Both the bags need a huge amount of energy, resources and proper recycling procedures. The way they are handled after being used depends a lot in choosing which one is better. Although still it is difficult to tell which one is better?

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