English, 28.10.2019 14:46
Studies have found that paper bags have a larger carbon footprintcompared to plastic bags because of the amount of energy, water, andchemicals the production of paper bags consume. in a briefing note pre-pared by kirsty bell and suzie cave (2011) for the northern ireland as-sembly, it is reported that manufacturing paper bags requires above fourtimes the amount of energy plastic bags do. also, the production of paperbags contributes more air and water pollution compared to plastic bags.other than high energy consumption during processing, it also requirespaper bags more energy to be transported. this is because compared toplastic bags, paper bags weigh more and take up more space, resulting inthe need for more resources to transport them (chua-unsu, 2014).