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New Studies Show Plastic Bags are Best Option for the Environment
I found this interesting, if its true it means we need to think things again

Quote:Are you using cotton grocery bags because you believe they’re better for the environment?
Convinced that plastic bags are ruining the planet? Well, scientists have some interesting news – recent studies
from two countries prove that plastic bags are the best option for the environment, while cotton bags are actually
having a negative impact on our planet and human health.

In Canada, Recyc-Québec, an environmental organization based in Montreal, released a study that found the
conventional plastic bag is the best option for the environment due to several advantages.

The study states, “Thin and light, its [plastic bags’] production requires little material and energy.”
Plastic bags also have a high reuse rate as garbage bag/bin liners (77.7%), which helps avoid the
production and use of additional bags for that purpose.

According to Recyc-Québec, the overall life-cycle of the plastic bag – from production to the end of its life – has
far less environmental impact compared with other bags.

In fact, Recyc-Québec recommends against using cotton bags, which were found to have a significant impact on
human health. Not only that, cotton bags are harmful for the environment. A single cotton bag, the study found,
requires “between 100 and 2,954 uses for its environmental impact to be equivalent to the environmental impacts
of the conventional plastic bag.”

Other bags that are deemed “reusable” require anywhere from 35 to 75 reuses “so that their impacts on Life Cycle
Environmental Indicators are equivalent to or better than those of the conventional plastic bag.”
This is unrealistic, as many people forget their bags at home, meaning the bags don’t get reused as much as you’d

Across the pond, the new study from Denmark’s Environmental Protection Agency found even more staggering results.
The study reports that cotton bags should be reused at least 52 times to offset its climate change impact, and at least
7,100 times in order to offset the impact on all environmental indicators.

The report states the “very high number of reuse times is given by the ozone depletion impact alone.”
Plain and simple: these bags are bad news for the environment.

And of course, along with the finding that plastic bags are better for the environment, they also reported that plastic bags
are 100% reusable.

While people may think that banning or taxing plastic bags is a quick win for the environment, there’s a wealth of
research showing that bans and taxes strip away the most environmentally friendly option from consumers.
It’s great to see the facts spreading across the world – we just hope our legislators will take this new research to
heart when developing future policies.

View the study from Recyc-Québec.
View the study from the Environmental Protection Agency of Denmark.
But what about the smiling fish that thinks...? What about Flipper?

I'm sure the turtles in 'Finding Nemo' would have something to say about this study.
After all, the environmentalists play on the emotion-side of convincing the public that
plastic bags are bad, not the facts!

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Here is something to think about.
Quote:Many of these items were introduced for specific reasons. Disposable plastic utensils, for example, became popular with Americans in the 1960s. They were used at home and in restaurants to cut labor costs and the energy required to clean traditional silverware. They also cut down on the spread of diseases.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, plastic bags were introduced to address concerns about how many trees were being cut down in order to produce paper bags, which were more common at the time. Ever since then, the process of making these products has gotten more efficient.
To cut Labor Costs,,,, 

Quote:In the 90s, we were taught to use plastic instead of paper to save the rainforest from deforestation. Now we're taught to use paper instead of plastic to save the ocean from pollution Why?
My husband thinks it was earlier than the 90's.
The whole idea was to Save The Trees, they said we were taking the oxygen producing trees away from the Earth and we would all die, yes Doom and Gloom.

Quote:Plastic in the form of wrapping materials (cling wrap, stretch wrap) and holding materials (grocery bags, garbage bags, storage bags) became popular in the 80’s and 90’s when the manufacturers of wrapping and container products found a cheaper alternative to paper to make these products in.
It was a great cost saving for the major food chains both in materials (the plastic bag cost a fraction of the paper bag) and labour.

Supermarkets had staff that bagged groceries in paper bags for their customers then; a customer service that could be done away with because of automation of the cash registers and the greater versatility, strength and durability of the single use plastic grocery bag.

Plastic grocery bags quickly replaced paper bags throughout the world.
People accepted the plastic bag quickly.
They stopped taking their own re-useable cloth shopping bags with them because of the convenience of the cheap plastic bag that now appeared as a prime service product in the majority of shops.

Everyone also found many other uses for the plastic bag after they emptied it of their purchased groceries or other goods.
Yup, it was all about the Dollar, Saving Money.
Cheaper to produce (still is) than the Paper or Cloth Bags.
Stores didn't need to higher High School Kids to Bag your Groceries and so they saved money there too.

I would think the same argument by Big Business is being used today. What they don't want you to know is, plastic is cheaper to produce and in Socialist States Like California, if you want Plastic, you pay .10 cents for each bag.
More tax revenue for the State to spend on illegals and paying Hush Money to their Male and Female Victims,,,, but I am Ranting,,, Sorry.


It is all BULLSHIT, the Indian in the commercial above, wasn't even a Real Native American, No,,, He was Italian and a Actor.
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Behind the '70s Anti-Pollution Icon Was an Italian-American Actor—and the Beverage Industry
Once A Rogue, Always A Rogue!
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Anything the government has a hand in telling us is good, or the best way, today... just give it a few years and they'll come out and tell you the opposite; go back to how you did it before! 

They grow on trees around here. No, seriously - I can't tell you how many I've seen hanging off tree limbs, just ripe and ready to be picked! They are particularly prevalent on trees in river bottoms - the floodplains alongside the rivers.

I'm thinking of starting a plantation to grow them myself, and maybe turn a profit by selling them to the local stores. All I have to do is find the seeds for them...

“There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter.” ― Ernest Hemingway

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