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

Recycling products saves resources and energy. It does take energy to recycle, however, and in the process air pollutants are emitted.

Play with the numbers in the following animation to see the different amounts of energy consumed and pollutants emitted for recycling and landfilling.

Recycling

FACT:

Plastic grocery bags consume 40% less energy to produce and generate 80 % less solid waste than paper bags.

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