The Truth About Green Grocery Bags

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It seems like a simple question with a straightforward answer, but when you look at the total environmental impact of each type of bag, things start to get a little complicated.
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  1. EmilyB
    EmilyB
    33 minuta më parë

    A bit of an aside but: please, please please, as someone who works in grocery....wash your reusable bags. You do not want to put your red sticky bloody meats at the bottom of a bag that still has onion peelings, and neither does anyone bagging your groceries... Personally, I prefer cardboard boxes.

  2. Vadim Elagin
    Vadim Elagin
    47 minuta më parë

    If you don't come up with new "virtuous choices" consumers need to make, you'd actually have to do something with the fossil fuel industry, and no one will give you money for that.

  3. ildix
    ildix
    58 minuta më parë

    I’ve been using the same cotton bag since 2013

  4. CricketStyleJ
    CricketStyleJ
    2 orë më parë

    Ok, then. I will weave a wicker basket.

  5. M W
    M W
    2 orë më parë

    I'm actually a little disappointed that plastic bags are being banned. As others have said, the impact they have is small compared to the shipping of the items, and also, plastic bags are really useful for lining garbage cans. We reuse them a ton at my work (veterinarian) to store belongings that clients bring in for their pets.

  6. Kirsten Houseknecht
    Kirsten Houseknecht
    3 orë më parë

    one thing no one seems to pay attention to is that plastic DOES NOT go away. it just wears down into micro plastic particles, filling up marine and small animal guts. phytoplankton is full of microplastics... and its getting worse. every time you launder polyester you wash particles and threads of microplastics down the drain. every lastic item that goes into a landfill is there FOREVER. that cotton bag may look bad, but it wont still be here in a thousand years. anything that is not biodegradable plastic? totally will be in addition, other fibers are far less work to produce, and have lower environmental impact to make

  7. Azedenkae Echevien
    Azedenkae Echevien
    3 orë më parë

    9:02 Welcome to the Asian household circa 50 years ago, and still continuing now. :3

  8. chokokitties
    chokokitties
    3 orë më parë

    I use two canvas bags that were given out for free at my local grocery store, and on the occasion that I get single use plastic bag I use them to scoop out my cat's litter box waste.

  9. magnvss
    magnvss
    3 orë më parë

    That's like turning vegan because you were indoctrinated to think that you were hurting animals and then being told plants have feeling too and you need to live out of light (there are those by the way) to be a good person: you can't follow fanatics and the first jumpers of a trend, science needs time to settle. Like real time, non "teenager's impatient time".

  10. philip hicks
    philip hicks
    4 orë më parë

    That’s why, hemp shopping bags!

  11. antagonist9000
    antagonist9000
    5 orë më parë

    And thats why my grocery tote is leather

  12. gambit
    gambit
    5 orë më parë

    I've never received a biodegradable plastic bag from any grocery store. I will continue to use my green bags because like all gun loving, covid mask hating americans, it's my right to do what I want

  13. Tim Ogul
    Tim Ogul
    5 orë më parë

    The issue with plastic is not "it exists," it's that "we don't landfill them efficiently enough." Land-filling plastic is not a problem, so long as it is done efficiently. They need to make sure that it doesn't end up floating away, so people should ball them up and put them inside something else, and/or whoever collects them should do so.

  14. Daniel Clark
    Daniel Clark
    5 orë më parë

    Cool. Now do plastic straws.

  15. Amanda Baule
    Amanda Baule
    5 orë më parë

    Oh. Cat owners are mourning the loss of single use shopping bags. Most use them for scooping litter boxes. Now, they just have to buy dedicated bags & that comes off feeling like a racket. Dog owners too use them for similar purposes.

  16. Sydd Linden
    Sydd Linden
    5 orë më parë

    TLDR: Don't get new bags. Use the ones you have until they die. No mater what they're made of, that is THE most ecologically ethical thing to do. And when your current bags die, replace them with something even sturdier and also compostable - like, hemp or heavy cotton canvas. The whole POINT of reusable bags is that you use the SAME bags until they literally fall apart and cannot be repaired any longer. And then, IF they are cotton, they can be composted - just cut them into little pieces and put them in your home compost. Or, downcycle them into rags for cleaning. The whole point of this movement is to reduce plastic pollution - which is NOT accomplished if you use plastic reusable. They still shed micro-plastics every time they are used, and they contribute to the specifically harmful pollution of plastics manufacture and oil collection that we are eager to put an end to. And, the movement of re-use is also about discouraging further unnecessary manufacturing of unneeded products.

  17. Amanda Baule
    Amanda Baule
    5 orë më parë

    Can you do this for solar panels? I keep reading that the environmental impact of their manufacture (all the way down to the mining for their metal components) and eventual disposal is a far worse impact on the environment than any other form of energy including oil, biofuel, and nuclear.

  18. Aurea Faix
    Aurea Faix
    6 orë më parë

    Fun fact! I take plastic shopping bags and re-use them as yarn! Upcycling allows for that pesky plastic bag to be used for a long time to come. I tend to weave placemats and (ironically) shopping/tote bags using plastic bag yarn, easy to clean, durable to use, and will be used over and over and over again!

  19. talyrath
    talyrath
    6 orë më parë

    Every single comment: This video proves the way I do things is the best!

  20. Derrick Thompson
    Derrick Thompson
    7 orë më parë

    Question: why are you bagging? If I'm on my bike or my scooter, I use a reusable plastic bag. If I'm in my csuv, I take the cart to my car without bagging, use 3 oversized milk crates and 1 reusable for little things, and carry the crates in the house. The crates use d a lot of plastic, but they were bought to store stuff in the basement, and they'll be useable for groceries beyond my lifetime.

  21. Neuro Philosophers
    Neuro Philosophers
    7 orë më parë

    The most important impact is the disposal. Ignore everything before that. Because if we acidify the ocean there won’t be an ecosystem to pollute anymore. Stop eating any seafood and watch Seaspiracy

  22. Caelidh Goode
    Caelidh Goode
    7 orë më parë

    I have a lot of reusable bags> I like CHICO bags alot.. cause they are small when in their little sack. However, during the pandemic we got over to Paper again... but have in the past used them to dispose of cat litter. Honestly, I don't know why folks over complicate this stuff. These report about how using Canvas bags or other bags is not environmentally friendly or that they are dirtier etc.. was a known Propaganda campaign by the plastics industry to counter this. I hate those ugly reusable bags with handles. THOSE I can see being more problematic. Again.. this doesn't have to ba complicated. I also like cooler bags as I have to drive 20 minutes from grocery to home so ...

  23. Isoiata
    Isoiata
    8 orë më parë

    I like my cotton tote bags primarily because they’re the only ones that are sturdy enough and have long enough handles for me to comfortable sling my groceries over my shoulder so I can cycle home from the store. That’s pretty much it...

  24. Swoonpoon
    Swoonpoon
    9 orë më parë

    Just use the backpack you already own

  25. UnpaidIntern
    UnpaidIntern
    9 orë më parë

    When my friends and I first moved out we had no bags, but now we use a mixture of our rucksacks, and 1-2 of the plastic bags we got during our first trip. None of us can drive so it’s quite the ordeal lol

  26. Finola Cat
    Finola Cat
    10 orë më parë

    We can't buy our way out of pollution. Reducing is as important as reusing and recycling.

  27. TVtheTV
    TVtheTV
    11 orë më parë

    So what I'm hearing: probably the reusable plastic one

  28. Celtic Phoenix
    Celtic Phoenix
    11 orë më parë

    For paper bags, how do wood pulp paper bags measure up against something like hemp paper bags? Or bamboo fibre bags? I am told that hemp grows a lot faster than trees, thereby taking less water and fertiliser overall to provide the same yield in pulp. I have been unable to verify this info independently though. Could you do an article comparing hemp fabric and hemp paper to our traditional forms and seeing which is better from an environmental perspective? Then with cotton bags, would up-cycled ones be better than purpose made ones from fresh cotton? I'm inclined to say yes simply because it is re-purposing that worn out pair of pants destined for the land fill into something you can use for groceries thereby saving on land fill usage, and not using fresh virgin fabric for bags, making less of an overall environmental impact. What are your thoughts?

  29. Rhyannon Ashford
    Rhyannon Ashford
    11 orë më parë

    I'm wary of water use data. There are too many disparate water management systems. Water left to drain into the ocean is more wasted than water recaptured in a treatment facility, but water is so unregulated that it's hard to actually say where the water is going. If we can't track litter (something we can actually see!) how can we say we're tracking water use?

  30. Pumuckl
    Pumuckl
    11 orë më parë

    Simple hierarchy of consumption to minimise your impact on the planet Reduce > Reuse > Recycle > Rot But also don't forget that putting the focus on the consumer is a scam by corporations to make you feel bad while they destroy the world. When climate destroyers like bp try to guilt you into thinking you're the problem with this Carbon Footprint quoz thing, we've taken a wrong turn.

  31. Do it for the Cringe
    Do it for the Cringe
    12 orë më parë

    Now... this may just be me... but after watching this I think i need some research on these guys because this is video is mad sus. I don't think the turtles will appreciate you saying that non bio degradable bags are safer than the ones made of oil and are single use

  32. Qiuyu Shi
    Qiuyu Shi
    13 orë më parë

    My Asian mom who keeps all the plastic bags and uses it for everything: pathetic

  33. Johnny Carcinogen
    Johnny Carcinogen
    13 orë më parë

    What's that? There's *no* ethical consumption under capitalism, you say? Huh.

  34. Permie Bird
    Permie Bird
    13 orë më parë

    The bio plastic bags just distribute micro plastics into the environment. Fabric bags can and should be made with used clothing.

  35. beenthere donethat
    beenthere donethat
    13 orë më parë

    Yet no mention of using hemp plastic

  36. Beige Turtleneck
    Beige Turtleneck
    14 orë më parë

    I made a canvas tote out of fabric I snagged from a couch on the side of the road. It’s heavyweight, cute, something I’m proud of making, and a fun story.

  37. Spectacular Sceptile
    Spectacular Sceptile
    15 orë më parë

    I expected the paper bag to win. huh

  38. Jeremy Siegel
    Jeremy Siegel
    15 orë më parë

    I just gotta take massive exception with the phrasing used. Total Environmental Impact cannot possibly leave out the disposal cost. I'd be wary of any studies that willingly frame things in such a way, as that reeks heavily of something that would come out of an industry-funded thinktank. Like, the double-think involved in saying that plastic has the lowest total environmental cost but also produces the worst trash problem is baffling.

  39. Fnassau
    Fnassau
    16 orë më parë

    Kinda made me feel bad about my habits since I was sure the cotton bags would be great. Then I realized I don't use bags and carry things in my backpack lol

  40. Nova Scotia
    Nova Scotia
    16 orë më parë

    You know what the study didn't factor in? Double bagging. Many grocers will automatically double (plastic) bag certain items for you like milk and meat. And they tend to underfill plastic bags. On the flip side, grocers tend to over stuff cotton canvas bags because they are more sturdy and people usually do not bring a million of them to the grocery store.

  41. favouriteK
    favouriteK
    16 orë më parë

    I feel one factor left out is quantity. I have three reusable plastic bags and a cotton bag I use for groceries on occasion (not its intended purpose). Two of my plastic ones are large, one is small. The small fits 2-3 plastic bags worth of food in it. The large ones can fit 6 or 7. And I don't need to double bag anything at any point. So if I were to do only a haul of canned goods, totaling 6 bags, each double-bagged cause of weight, I'm using 12 plastic bags. But I used one of my large reusable ones and, well, that's 1. Therefore I feel like the numbers and math are, while accurate, incorrect. It's not a 1 to 1 ratio of use between a single-use plastic bag and a reusable tote (especially if you get a Sainsbury's one in the UK and bring it back home, that fits like 10 regular in it [if packed properly]) With these numbers, a small reusable plastic bag would need to be used 3-6 times according to Denmark and UK, but a large one would offset within 1 or 2 trips. However, I do also recognize that we're unaware of what the volume of the reusable bags they studied was. My smaller one is about the same footprint as single-use plastic. ...Overall, I don't know. It is complicated, fo sho. But we also don't know all the minutia of what's being studied versus commonality. The average size of reusable plastic in the UK is much different than here, as well as different types. They have reusable plastic that feels similar to a single-use. They have thicker ones more akin to what we here in the USA are used to. So uh, yeah. I think I lost my point in there. Back to watching you on Tik Tok!

  42. Spacestuffandstardust
    Spacestuffandstardust
    16 orë më parë

    Hank I love you but please mention in these videos that it shouldn't be up to individuals to help with climate change alone. It should be up to companies and businesses. It's really scary thinking as individuals we believe we are doing what's right and what's best when that might not be correct but companies and businesses are left unchecked.

  43. Dylan Cakes
    Dylan Cakes
    17 orë më parë

    Insulated Chad over here.

  44. Marty theMartian
    Marty theMartian
    17 orë më parë

    My bags are made of jute, so where do they fit in? Reusable, not as bad as cotton (in water usage and crop chemicals), but are they better? Been using the same ones for years.

  45. A. Filakiewicz
    A. Filakiewicz
    18 orë më parë

    Eh, considering plastic bag without what happens to it after disposal is trash logic

  46. Swans Listener
    Swans Listener
    19 orë më parë

    galaxy brain: reuse the single-use plastic bags

  47. Laura
    Laura
    19 orë më parë

    This might sound silly, but I've always wondered what the effect will be on poor people when single use plastic bags are phased out. I don't mean to say this as a reason to keep them around -- but if you've never been poor, you might be surprised by how many uses there are for those things. They make great trash bags, lunch bags, diaper/dog poop/cat litter bags -- anything you can imagine, we probably used a plastic bag for it growing up. When you're poor, being able to access those for free as a regular part of shopping legit does make a difference.

  48. James Chu
    James Chu
    21 orë më parë

    When you say the potato starch bags are worse because of the cost of growing the potato's, but aren't those being grown ANYWAY and used for other products or are they literally using the entire crop just to make bags? Because if they are using by-products then you need to off-set some of that cost for a truely representative value.

  49. Adam Carlson
    Adam Carlson
    23 orë më parë

    It's best to use whatever bags you already have. backpacks, duffel bags, jacket pockets. backpacks are especially great because of the straps.

  50. SarxTheJew
    SarxTheJew
    23 orë më parë

    You don't have to literally use the cotton bag however many times to 'offset' anything, 'kinda fallacious horseshit is that? Lol. The number of bag-uses you can offset maxes out at what you would have otherwise used in your lifetime. So long as you just don't go back to using plastic bags, the job is already done.

  51. Bondrewd Best Dad
    Bondrewd Best Dad
    23 orë më parë

    Perhaps the best option is a more robust recycling system but that won’t happen.

  52. ENTJ gal
    ENTJ gal
    Ditë më parë

    But clothes are mostly made with cotton.

  53. Gayla Tanner
    Gayla Tanner
    Ditë më parë

    What about bags made of hemp or bamboo?

  54. Annie E
    Annie E
    Ditë më parë

    What if u make bags from old clothes

  55. I gotta kill something
    I gotta kill something
    Ditë më parë

    So, there isn't a solution?.. So, 11:08 minutes was wasted to tell us that there's basically nothing we can do about it. Well, I can say this much, that what if we make the process of creating the bag greener? Would that solve one part of the 3 part problem? What if we ban plastic bags for the benefit of the environment, and for the animals? Would solve the death by plastic problem? What if we sell the bio degradable bags at $3.00 per bag to encourage people to reuse them more? Would that solve the reuse problem? Then would we solve the bag problem after figuring this out, or make it worse?

  56. Raisin d'elta
    Raisin d'elta
    Ditë më parë

    Plastic bags get reused as garbage bags tote bags pile up

  57. Jose's Planet
    Jose's Planet
    Ditë më parë

    Doesn't the plastic reusable one win under good conditions? Maybe not for society, but for someone responsible.

  58. Dolly
    Dolly
    Ditë më parë

    I'd love to have some figures on hemp

  59. Paul Barnes
    Paul Barnes
    Ditë më parë

    The video does a good job in comparing bag for bag, but then it makes a point at the end about reducing the number of bags you use. This is where it misses what I think is a major point. The resuable thick plastic bags you get for a buck at the local store holds the equivalent of 4 or 5 single-use bags. A decent sized cotton bag can hold as much as 6 or 7 single use plastic bags. So rather than compare single bag to single bag, you should consider relative capacity. One reusable thick plastic bag, used 50 times over the course of it's lifetime replaces 200 to 250 single use plastic bags, making its environmental impact significantly less. Similarly, with cotton bags, using it 100 times over its lifespan would replace 600 to 700 single use bags again, significantly reducing its environmental impact overall.

  60. Endymion766
    Endymion766
    Ditë më parë

    you dont understand, its not about actually helping the environment, its about looking like you care about the environment. Environmentalists don't care about environmentalism. They just pretend to. It's a fast and easy path to feeling superior to your neighbor and no useful idiot will pass that chance up.

  61. KallmeEj
    KallmeEj
    Ditë më parë

    What about bags made of hemp?

  62. Taylor Sloth
    Taylor Sloth
    Ditë më parë

    got any bags in your merch store?

  63. Yokuo
    Yokuo
    Ditë më parë

    There's plenty of bags at thrift stores. Already made and looking for a home. Wash properly and you're good to go. We don't need to buy new bags and we definitely don't need to keep making bags, there's already more than enough to go around.

  64. Lesley Ghost Dragon
    Lesley Ghost Dragon
    Ditë më parë

    What's NOT complicated: how much I love SciShow and Hank Green xoxo

  65. Grandma Smith
    Grandma Smith
    Ditë më parë

    There actually is something to do with plastic waste that is quite ingenious (IMHO)...it can be turned into petrol relatively easily also...any idea what the impact of bamboo bags is?

  66. Tissue Cat
    Tissue Cat
    Ditë më parë

    I know I'm not the only one who reuses grocery bags as bathroom trash bags. If my grocery store stops using plastic bags, eventually I'm going to have to start buying my own small plastic trash bags. There's a reason they don't make paper or cotton trash bags.

  67. Nathan Boyd
    Nathan Boyd
    Ditë më parë

    card board boxes. They're usually free, recyclable, compostable, long lasting and your groceries don't go spilling out all over the place in the car on the way home. I've seen people use hand carts and milk crates too.

  68. Chris Curran
    Chris Curran
    Ditë më parë

    This is a flawed comparison. Canvas bags hold more. Often three times as much. You can't one to one compare a canvas bag to a single use plastic bag due to capacity. I primarily use an insulated shopping bag which is plastic and canvas. For one it's more durable than a cotton bag. Two, it keeps the frozen food cold on a hot day or not frozen on a cold one. Three, I can use it as cooler for bringing food hot or cold to a gathering. I also use my satchel that I use for my phone, books, ipad, etc. It has enough room to carry nearly a single use plastic bags worth in a pinch. Yet, another bag I keep in my car but rarely use is a light cotton bag that I found on the ground of a shopping center. I upcycled it. (It has some logo I think I save 200 single use plastic bags per year and over the lifetime of the bags above I will save 1500 single use plastic bags or more.

  69. Pikapi
    Pikapi
    Ditë më parë

    Backpack is best, no finger strangulation, reusable

  70. Daniel Georgianni
    Daniel Georgianni
    Ditë më parë

    What about the heavy duty bags made from other recycled bags?

  71. K St
    K St
    Ditë më parë

    You left out an important piece - factoring in the amount of plastic used in reusable plastic bags. When it is thrown away it is the same as 4-5 single use bags. Does it break down in the same way in the same time?

  72. Jaigarful
    Jaigarful
    Ditë më parë

    9:00 Yeah, Single use bags get used twice here, either as trash bags or for pet waste.

  73. CasuallyStoned
    CasuallyStoned
    Ditë më parë

    Hank using bags from 2004, same as me! My university's local grocery store did a freshman giveaway of a bag of food in those recycled plastic re-usable bags. Most students seemed to not care for the bag :( So I scooped up about 6 of them and still use them to this day.

  74. Hoop Jeanne
    Hoop Jeanne
    Ditë më parë

    I dunno, I bought snazzy new reusable shopping bags years ago because they fold up nicely and attach to my keychain so I keep them in my purse at all times and use them every single time! I get at least 4 years use out of each, I think that’s pretty worth it.

  75. FireCat319
    FireCat319
    Ditë më parë

    Make your own cloth bags from old clothes.

  76. The Gamming Sushi
    The Gamming Sushi
    Ditë më parë

    +

  77. ArtwithKrissy
    ArtwithKrissy
    Ditë më parë

    What if I make my tote bag out of an old tee-shirt ?

  78. Connie Hinds
    Connie Hinds
    Ditë më parë

    Oh ho ho, but that is forgetting plarn. The thing you can turn plastic bags into to crochet or knit into your OWN reusable tote. Ha HA.

  79. hooeezit
    hooeezit
    Ditë më parë

    I stopped using bags or containers. I simply eat my food raw at the grocery store. The problem is, it gets expensive at checkout because they weigh me as meat. But I am happy to make the sacrifice for the planet.

  80. Tim Lucas
    Tim Lucas
    Ditë më parë

    Bring a laundry basket to the store, put it in your cart, when you check out, groceries go in there - easily carried in to your home. Problem solved.

  81. FoodSci with ProfVigeant
    FoodSci with ProfVigeant
    Ditë më parë

    A thing that's super important in LCA is your unit of analysis. Here, these are all comparing bag=bag. But a thing that is true is that the disposable bags hold a lot less than the reusable ones. If you redid this on the basis of moving "10kg of groceries" you'd get the heavier plastic bags coming out on top after 1 or two reuses because they carry groceries 3:1.

  82. VanOri
    VanOri
    Ditë më parë

    We have a plastic bag that contains a lot of plastic bags. And every time we go shopping, we take one or two with us. This plastic bag of plastic bags is over 30 years old

  83. Ryan Gould
    Ryan Gould
    Ditë më parë

    I use cotton or heavy plastic bags for the most part but not only for groceries. They're perfect for supplemental luggage or when moving. I've avoided buying moving boxes by containing some of the miscellaneous things inside my grocery bags.

  84. Rain Thompson
    Rain Thompson
    Ditë më parë

    This is why electric cars are not yet a better option than gas or diesel run cars

    1. Rain Thompson
      Rain Thompson
      Ditë më parë

      The production of electric cars and their batteries is worse for the environment

  85. M N
    M N
    Ditë më parë

    I promise I won’t be having any children so please let me off on this and let me use as many plastic bags as necessary😂I really didn’t ask to be born...and if my existence is a threat for nature please consider adopting euthanasia, I’d always be happy to apply 😂😂😂Same for veganism as well!!

  86. Tonya Brookes
    Tonya Brookes
    Ditë më parë

    I still have canvas bags that I got when I was 20 - that was 25 years ago. Most were promotional give aways

  87. Paul Green
    Paul Green
    Ditë më parë

    WHY CO2 a load of crap this

  88. Sarah T
    Sarah T
    Ditë më parë

    are you saying that the best option is to.... reduce.... reuse..... and recycle?

  89. HERO_DREAMER
    HERO_DREAMER
    Ditë më parë

    Buying used bags from places like thrift shops might be a good idea to help reduce overall production

  90. Peaky Blinders Checkpoint
    Peaky Blinders Checkpoint
    Ditë më parë

    Basically saying: "you do you booboo"

  91. ft55555
    ft55555
    Ditë më parë

    Just reuse single-use bags.

  92. Kaede Sakura
    Kaede Sakura
    Ditë më parë

    I'll just take one of the ones my grandma has been hoarding. Its already been produced so using it is sure as heck better than not using it

  93. The Bedford Unicorn
    The Bedford Unicorn
    Ditë më parë

    An interesting problem that arose for my family was that once single use bags got taken away we needed to actaully buy single use bin bags. Which, beacuse of the way they are packaged could not be used to carry shopping ect. So while we had cut out one single use product it forced us to move to a different one.

  94. Barzin Lotfabadi
    Barzin Lotfabadi
    Ditë më parë

    Hmm, paper bags releasing methane - can't that be captured to make renewable natural gas fed into the energy grid? And then when it combusts and releases CO2, just send it to my house and I'll use it to carbonate cola. 🤔

  95. Mike Anderson
    Mike Anderson
    Ditë më parë

    From a quick scan, they assume that single-use plastic bags will be re-used as waste bin bags *and* then incinerated to produce electricity and heat. They also seem to assume that you need to use 2 organic cotton bags where 1 conventional cotton bag would do (table 8). Very odd.

    1. Mike Anderson
      Mike Anderson
      Ditë më parë

      Very hard to see how organic cotton, even with their assumed 30% lower yield than conventional, can have 275% greater climate change impact (figure 17).

  96. BrianaLynn7
    BrianaLynn7
    Ditë më parë

    ill make sure to take my moms cotton bags and then hand them down to my children.

  97. illitero
    illitero
    Ditë më parë

    If single-use bags are heat-pressed or melted into blocks, can they then be accepted by recyclers?

  98. VengfulDarkness
    VengfulDarkness
    Ditë më parë

    On top of that EVERYONE uses single use bags 2+ times. To pick up pet poop, or used in the small garbage cans, or even to hold supplies when going places. So you would have to multiply the findings by at least 2 for the real world use case to get the equivalent value.

  99. R. K. Love
    R. K. Love
    Ditë më parë

    Do one like this on Rare Earth Minerals

  100. Nick
    Nick
    Ditë më parë

    One point that was not mentioned is the impact that harvesting the oil for plastic bags and the timber for paper bags has. Gathering oil is highly intensive and emissions from chainsaws and heavy duty equipment in the timber industry should also be accounted for. Harvesting and manufacturing was taken into account, but not the harvesting methods for the other types of bags.