I realize that I am a prejudice participant in this topic, as I work in the Pulp and Paper industry, but come on. Here are facts that I will leave the experts to fight:
Time for materials to break down in a landfill:
Plastic bags 1,000 years
Aluminum cans 80-100 years
Tin cans 50-100 years
Plastic-coated milk cartons 5 years
Orange peels 6 months
Paper 2-5 months
I worked as a Union Organizer and tried to organize a Plastic Bag plant called Roplast Industries Inc. in Oroville, Ca. They were paying people who had worked there for years under $10 an hour. Just no respect for the workers. When I did research, I was shocked to see how a corporation can twist facts into their favor. They were of the opinion that they were the environmentally “safe” process and product. Boggles my mind to how that can be true. roplast.PlasticVsPaper.
Anyways, I have been known to tell people at checkout lines to ask for the paper. We do not have a plastic plant here. (thank God)
Please ask for the renewable biodegradable product in the form of the paper bag. Maybe use it as mulch in your garden, burn it for fuel or recycle it at your favorite grocery store.