One of modern society’s convenience conundrums, the paper versus plastic bag debate has been studied seriously in recent years. While Sigma operates with efficiency and sustainability in mind at all times, we’d like to share research that suggests plastic may be more environmentally friendly than many people believe. Consider:
- Bag recycling programs at supermarkets and city curbside pick-up options are both growing
- Unlike paper, plastic can be easily reused time and time again for other purposes
- According to a 2007 study*, it takes four (4) times as much energy and twenty (20) times as much water to produce a paper bag versus a plastic bag
- The same study reveals that paper also uses more energy to be recycled
*Study conducted by Boustead Consulting & Associates, sponsored by the Progressive Bag Alliance
- In a study by Rachel Decker and Anders Graff, For Dr. Candice Bradley of the Ecological Anthropology 36 of Lawrence University, they state: “Plastic is, by comparison, efficient and low energy to produce, and, easily and efficiently recycled. Plastic reduces, recycles marvelously, and in that, is reused. After contrasting the efforts behind the making of paper and plastic, it is our unbiased opinion that plastic is indeed more beneficial to the environment, in that it is less harmful. The next time you are asked the dreaded question, “Paper or plastic?” – you can answer knowing that you are making the informed choice.”
See the full article at Paper Vs Plastic
Thisisplastics.com website is a helpful tool to find information and resources regarding plastics. You can check out articles, infographics and interactive quizzes. Share these with your friends, family, neighbors to help understand the importance of plastics.
Feature areas on this site are Plastics 101, Environment, Safety, Innovation, Economic Impact, and Resources.