The single-use plastic bag is at the frontline of environmental discussion at the moment. After the implementation of a 5p bag charge in England last week, it has become even more of a hot topic. Many are outraged at the change, but thankfully many are also embracing it.

The suggestion of retailers offering paper bags instead of plastic has been a popular alternative in conversations, so we decided to look into whether a change to paper bags was in fact better or worse.


– Paper comes from trees. You forgot that didn’t you? So the more we use paper, the more forests get cut down. In trying to save our oceans from plastic bags, we use paper, but aren’t we now just destroying a land ecosystem instead?

– Paper production emits 70% more air pollution, produces 80% more solid waste, uses 3 times as much water and also results in 50 times the amount of water pollutants than plastic bag production. Not ideal.

– Paper bag production consumes fuel, specifically 4 times as much as plastic bag production. With fuel resources diminishing quickly, a switch to paper doesn’t seem like a very practical option.

– It takes 91% more energy to recycle a pound of paper than it does a pound of plastic, often requiring more fuel to recycle a bag than it would take to make a new one.

– A study at landfill sites showed that paper doesn’t recycle much faster than plastic.

All in all, paper bag production doesn’t score much higher than that of plastic bag production. Aside from the fact that paper bags cost considerably more to manufacture than plastic bags, it seems that switching from plastic to paper is also just redirecting the environmental issues to other areas.

In terms of ecological sustainability, it seems like a better option would be to take reusable bags with you when shopping and avoid disposable bags altogether. It seems pretty simple.

What do you think?

– Do You Really Need That Drastic Bag


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1 trillion plastic bags used in the world every year.

3 billion plastic bags used in China every day.

2 million plastic bags used in the world every minute.

We are emptying our oceans.

Please think before taking a bag.

– Do You Really Need That Drastic Bag?

Buy and charge, its not about you.

It is no surprise to anyone on social media that a 5p charge on plastic bags was implemented this week in the UK. (Mind you it has been in Scotland for over a year and Wales since 2011)
The uproar, although pathetic and ignorant, has been entertaining if anything. If you are in Australia, 5p would be equivalent to 10.6 cents. Racking my brain, I literally cannot think of a single item that is cheaper. All retail stores must now charge the 5p per plastic carrier bag. This is now a law –  implemented by the government – to help our planet. Retailers have no choice, so no, they are not doing it to make money, but to enforce awareness of the shopper’s choice. Your choice.

It is a choice to use plastic bags. I’ve seen people bringing their own bags to supermarekts for years. We all own bags. Bags of all varieties. And with the extreme packaging our groceries now come in, it would be very rare for your groceries to leak or damage your bag on your trip home. Each item seems to be in its own plastic packaging anyway. The stores are asking you to make a choice. To help preserve the environment that we live in.

Many large grocery stores like Tesco are donating all money to environmental charities – just to put an extra cherry on top of you doing this drastically minuscule, selfless act. But shoppers are still protesting. Stores like Morrisons and Ocado are offering the 5p back to all shoppers that return their bags. But shoppers are still protesting.

It’s really not that hard. The aggression toward this movement shows just how careless, ignorant and self-centred our lives have become. The entitlement we feel, the mistreatment, the sheer hide of the government for subjecting its citizens to such an inhumane sentence.

Because what is important is our given right to a plastic bag when we shop. Yes, that is what is important. Sure, this plastic bag may take the life of another living thing, but we need it.

By and large, It’s not about you.

– Do You Really Need That Drastic Bag?