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FW: Plastic vs. Paper Grocery Bags

The answer to your question is definately...cloth.  Reusable.

I expect the next best option is the one that you will reuse for some
purpose, in such a way that if you didn't have that used bag you would have
purchased some new material.  e.g. in this area for residential pick-up of
recyclables you must put the materials in blue plastic bags.

Linda Jekel
410-436-6820/DSN 584

-----Original Message-----
From: ctaylor@sa.kevric.com [mailto:ctaylor@kevric.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, February 16, 1999 12:29 PM
To: 'p2tech@great-lakes.net'
Subject: Plastic vs. Paper Grocery Bags 

I'm trying to find some unbiased information on which is more 
environmentally friendly to use: plastic or paper grocery bags. I've 
searched the archives and didn't come up with much. I also searched the 
internet and found some information that tends to support one over the 
other (put out by manufacturers or special interest groups); however, I 
haven't been able to locate anything that resembles a true study performed 
by/for a disinterested third party. Does anyone know if such a study 
exists? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Christopher L. Taylor, Ph.D. 
Senior Engineer 
The KEVRIC Company 
Phone: (210) 212-6161 
FAX: (210) 212-5432