Plastic bags start out as a nonrenewable natural resource: petroleum

Although trees are considered a renewable resource if they are replanted regularly, it still takes energy (fossil fuel) and chemicals to produce paper grocery bags from them

It takes 430,000 gallons of crude oil to make 100 million plastic bags

It has been stated more than 380 billion plastic bags are discarded in the U.S. each year; that is equivalent to dumping millions of barrels of oil

It takes 14 million trees to produce the 10 billion paper grocery bags used by Americans each year

About 700 paper bags can be made from one 15-year-old tree.  A large grocery store can use that many bags before lunch in a given day

Approximately one billion trees worth of paper are thrown away every year in the U.S.

If every household in the country substituted only one (reusable) tote for one shopping trip, we could save about 60,000 trees.

Forests not only remove carbon dioxide from the air but they are also richly complex ecosystems, providing habitats for wildlife, plants and fungi.

In addition to the natural resources required to make both plastic and paper bags, they both require even more fossil fuel to transport them to the grocery stores

Sources: Worldwatch Institute, Natural Resources Defense Council,

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