• Paper bags can decompose more easily than plastic.
  • Paper bags are recycled more often than plastic.


  • American’s consume more than 10 billion paper bags each year – 14 million trees are cut down yearly for the manufacturing of paper.
  • In the process of the production of paper bags, thousands of gallons of fresh water and bleach are used to clean the pulp.
  • Paper produces 70% more air pollution and 50 times more water pollutants than plastic bag production.
  • It takes more than four times as much energy to manufacture a paper bag as it does to manufacture a plastic bag