Plastic Not Paper

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Plastic Not Paper

     Walking through the grocery store I always try to look for the best buy.
I always buy what's on sale, I guess you could say I'm cheep. Then I get to the check out lane, preferably the one with fewer people. I empty my wallet and pay.
Then I wait. I think it's going to happen but I am not sure. Then it does, the baggier says, "Would you like paper or plastic?" I look that person right in the eye and I tell him, "I want the one that's better for the environment, I want the one that will help prevent pollution, I want the one that cost less, I want plastic." Plastic bags save money, they conserve energy, they are practical and they are better for the environment. That's
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Hold plastic, aluminum and glass for recycling. Plastic bags are also very practical to carry. You can carry 5 compared with 2 paper bags.
Plastic bags also hold just as many items as paper. This is also very practical because you can get your groceries out of your car a lot faster, after all grocery shopping is not the most fun thing to do. A study by Franklin
Associates LTD analyzed the environmental impacts of plastic and unbleached paper bag through out there life cycles. They found that plastic grocery bags conserve 40% less energy, 80% less solid waste,70% less atmospheric emissions, and release up to 95% fewer water born wastes. All these things are natural resources that we have to conserve and can't afford to lose. The brown paper bags used in most grocery stores are made from virgin paper without any contributions from recycled materials. Paper making pollutes the water, releases dioxins, contributing to acid rain and cost trees lives. Weird as it may sound some virgin paper can be more damaging to wildlife than plastic substances, like 6pack rings. If you choose paper over plastic you are supporting higher levels of pollution. The choice of plastic over paper doesn't seem to be that big of a decision, but as you now know it does effect the environment. If you don't care about the environment then use the plastic bags for there great other practical uses. So the next time you are at the check out lane and you get asked the question,

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