California Supreme Court Debates Plastic Versus Paper

You hear this question every time you go to the grocery store. “Paper or plastic?” In an interval of about two seconds you get to decide whether you will do something that is better for the environment or not.

The California Supreme Court is also debating the issue, as they decide whether communities should be allowed to ban plastic bags at grocery stores.

San Francisco already banned plastic bags in grocery stores in 2007, and more Californian cities want to follow suit. Some health food stores have already voluntarily decided to use only paper.

Even though it seems more convenient to just get plastic, the choice certainly has its uglier side. According to an article in the Atlantic, it can take up to 1,000 years for a plastic bag to decompose in a landfill, and each year Americans go through 50–80 billion of them. An estimated 4,000 barrels of oil a day are used for plastic bag manufacturing.

Paper bags are definitely a better option than plastic, but at the end of the shopping trip most people send them to the same place as plastic bags: the landfill.

If you choose paper in the checkout line, think about creative ways to reuse those bags. Planet Earth Bag offers paper bags made from 100 percent recycled paper that are sturdy enough for your next shopping trip.

So, next time you’re asked “Paper or plastic?” you can now say, “Neither.” There is a third choice.

The earth-friendly bags made by Planet Earth Bag help you lessen your impact on the environment by using your bag over and over again. Not only that, we let you customize your reusable bag so it is something that you are excited about using for years to come.

The staff here at Planet Earth Bag believes we can all do our part to protect the environment though reducing, reusing and recycling. Even if the California Supreme court decides cities should not be allowed to ban plastic bags, you can change your individual mindset. We all need the reminder to reduce both consumption and waste and to reuse the things we do have. Using earth-friendly reusable bags is just one step in creating a better world for ourselves and our children.<–>

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