Plastic not Paper

Essay by Anonymous UserHigh School, 12th gradeA-, April 1997

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Walking through the grocery store I always try to look for the best buy. I always buy what's on sale, I guess you could say I'm cheep. Then I get to the check out lane, preferably the one with fewer people. I empty my wallet and pay. Then I wait. I think it's going to happen but I am not sure. Then it does, the baggier says, 'Would you like paper or plastic?' I look that person right in the eye and I tell him, 'I want the one that's better for the environment, I want the one that will help prevent pollution, I want the one that cost less, I want plastic.' Plastic bags save money, they conserve energy, they are practical and they are better for the environment. That's why plastic bags are the best choice at the check out line.

Of course your wondering how plastic bags save money, well just think 2,000 paper bags stacked on each other reaches a height of about 7.25

inches, while paper reaches a soaring height of 7.5 feet. This means it takes seven trucks to deliver the same amount of paper as one plastic delivering truck. Talk about a big waste of gas. Plastic bags cost about ¼ of a cent to make, while paper cost close to 3 cents. This is money we save as well as the store owner. This is a lot of money that is going to waste considering that plastic bags are so much more practical then paper.

You can use them for lots of other things. You can take on trips to the grocery store, your can protect dry clothing from wet towels in an exercise bag. You can line

your house hold waste basket with them, you tote dry shoes...