According to certain studies, manufacturing paper emits 80 percent more greenhouse gases [source: Lilienfield ]. Plastics can be recycled. Not all trash ends up in landfills; in the U.
Ireland has decreased plastic bag consumption by placing a consumer tax on plastic bags. Paper or plastic? One drizzling day, Aling Saling bought half a kilo of rice. The recycling process uses many chemicals to treat the wood pulp so it can be reused.
The EPA has admitted that not only is the question unresolved, but it doesn't consider the use of plastic bags a major issue [source: Spivey ].
First, plastic bags are cheap, reusable and can be recycled even when wet and can hold heavy weights compared to paper bags.
And, just last week, a dead sperm whale washed ashore in Indonesia with two dozen plastic bags in its gutalong with other trash.