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Less Environmental Impact

Plastic bags have a bad reputation and with good reason. It takes centuries for one to dissolve after ending up in a landfill, while paper decomposes much more faster and easily. In fact, according to an article in Slate magazine, plastic bags do not biodegrade at all, so you would have to wait for UV rays to destroy it, which can take anywhere from 500 to 1,000 years or more.

Recycling Options

Paper bags are made at least partially from recycled paper or fiber. Research from MSNBC shows that most paper bags contain at least 35 percent recycled material, but many companies use much more than that. Once discarded, they can also be recycled again, while plastic bags cannot be recycled or many factories don’t accept them because they can clog machines and complicate the recycling process. You can even tear paper bags into small pieces and add them to your compost pile.