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


Considering that 1000 paper bags stack up to 46 inches and 1000 plastic bags stack up to 3.5 inches, how many trucks are needed to transport "X" amount of bags? To find out, play with the animation.

Based on the number of trucks needed, which type of bag requires the most energy (more trucks, more gas) for transportation?


Plastic bags can take 5-10 years to decompose outdoors and in a landfill. Paper bags take about a month to decompose outdoors and a lot longer in a landfill

Transporting paper or plastic bags uses energy and produces pollution.

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