1) Plastic bags can take 1,000 years to decompose.
2) Most plastic bags are made from polyethylene, which is made from crude oil and natural gas which are nonrenewable resources.
3) When one ton of plastic bags is reused or recycled, the energy equivalent of 11 barrels of oil are saved.
With that in mind, we should not let our plastic discards end up in a landfill. So, should we opt to use paper bags? EPA's advise is that you recycle your plastic discards and look into purchasing reusable bags or reusing your paper or plastic bags at the store.
Or do what Mike at Pie and Coffee said, "Forget about “Paper or plastic?” It’s time to make your own canvas shopping bag".
For more information about recycling plastic, try googling "EPA plastic". That is how I found the above facts for you. It is also interesting to discover that recycled plastic soda bottles and reclaimed cotton can be used to produce clothing and accessories.
What can be recycled and what products are made from recycled plastics? Read and discover for yourself at the following links:
Plastics: The Facts On Recycling
Check out how I reuse my plastic. Let my pictures do the talking in the next posting.