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    Chauncey Gardener

    If you plant plastic bags in your garden, your flowers will not bloom in the spring.


    Reciclying is definitely the right way. But reciclying can be costly.
    And the best recicly policy is to make reciclation innecesary. For this purpose we can just take a paper/plastic/whatever-bag from home before going out shopping, and use it instead of getting new bags at the cash machine.
    A good motivation for getting people used to act this way would be to put a tax on bags given at the stores. The money got with the tax should be invested in reciclying other staff (e.g. tetrapacks).

    Joe Sparks

    You should always choose paper when you have a choice. Never take tote bags, avoid plastic, don't take your paper bags back to the store. This reason is simple- tree farming is so important, and demand for paper creates more and more trees, more e planting of trees all over the world. Use as much paper as possible to drive up the tree-planting demand, and we'll never be short on trees.

    Admiral Akbar

    Is this all you libs have to think about?

    Chuck Taylor

    Admiral Akbar, we are not "libs". We are a motley mix of folks who look at the same things from different angles. Depending on the lighting and the angle, we perceive things differently, but you can't reduce any of us "plastic vs. paper" debaters down to such a label. And we do think about other issues too. Look around even on this site, we talk about many other issues, and even this diatribe is about more than just plastic and paper- its about realizing that when you are asked to decide between two things and you're not sure which one is worse, it might be time to think "out of the bag" and come up with a better solution.

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