- Paper can be recycled upto six times before which it has to be disposed.
- Paper is made completely from biodegradable materials and decomposes in a matter of days.
- It is better for our oceans, roughly 8 million tonnes of plastic wastes are deposited in our oceans every year causing the deaths of over 100 million sea mammals.
- Pulp for the Paper is sourced from well managed forests by FSC”forest stewardship council” that make sure that more trees are planted in the forests than those that are cut.
- Single use plastics are difficult to recycle as they are very easily contaminated.
- Solid waste generated by single use plastics that are subsequently filled in landfills can take upto 400 years to decompose and they seep toxins in our soils.
- Afforestation efforts around the world have been very successful an today the world has more trees than 35 years ago.
Plastic bag harms the environment.
Littered plastic bags are everywhere today — blown around streets, stuck in fences and trees. And, aside from their use in the occasional art film (à la American Beauty) they can be an eyesore and a pain.
Light breaks plastic down so it photodegrades rather than biodegrades. Estimates say that this process can take up to 500 or even 1000 years in landfills. Unfortunately, we don’t really know, as plastic is a relatively new invention.
Danger to wildlife:
Plastic waste is deceptive for birds and other wildlife, who mistake it for food. And you can imagine how eating plastic messes with an animal’s intestine. As a result, animals can die of starvation. To prevent this, perhaps paper is the better choice, especially if you live on the coast, as your plastic waste is more likely to make its way to marine life and sea birds.
Although for the most part, plastic takes less energy to recycle than paper, plastic bags are a frustrating recycling dilemma. The curbside recycling in many communities is not meant for plastic bags because they can screw up the plant’s machines. Instead, some stores offer bins in which to properly recycle plastic bags.