Paper or Plastic? How about neither. The average American uses between 350 and 500 grocery bags each year. Low estimates put Americans as adding 100 billion of the world's 500+ billion bags annually. By charging grocery bags at 15 cents, we could save money, and help the environment. Once in a landfill, plastic bags take 1000 years to photodegrade, which means they don't biodegrade. They just break down into smaller particles and chemicals. Ireland was the first country to impose a 15 cent tax on grocery bags, cutting their use of plastic bags by 90% since 2002 and reducing their overall plastic bag usage by 1.8 billion bags. We can do better.
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