Choosing Paper or Plastic


Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum
Life Cycle Analysis of Paper and Plastic Bags

What are the economic & environmental advantages and disadvantages of using paper bags? of using plastic bags? and of using canvas bags?

Which type of bag uses the most energy in its life cycle? Paper Bag

Which type of bag produces the most waste during its life cycle?

Which bag type(s) do you reuse at home?

Which bag type(s) are recycled in your community?

Based on what you've learned, which bag will you choose? Why?

EXPLORE: Play a fun game about recycling.


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FACT: Less than 1% of shoppers consistently use cloth shopping bags.

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