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paper bags instead of plastic, etc

Its seems the UK government published a study back in 2011 on the environmental impacts of different types of bags for groceries -- paper, light-weight plastic, heavy plastic, etc.

Life cycle assessment of supermarket carrier bags

Taking into account the land, water, energy and carbon emissions required in their manufacture, the Environment Agency concluded that a paper bag would have to be used three times before it could be regarded as more environmentally correct than a lightweight plastic bag used only once. In fact about 40% plastic bags are typically reused as trash can liners. On that basis, said the report, a cotton bag would have to be used 173 times before its global warming potential dropped below that of a flimsy plastic bag.

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