Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?
These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.
Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...
...seems to be working so far
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
The Old Bag Ain't What She Used To Be
Paper is a renewal resource. It also takes more energy for a tree to become a paper bag, to transport it, and to recycle it that it does to do the same with a plastic bag.
Oil is not a renewable resource. Plastic bags are made from oil, but are 2/3 thinner than they were in 1977, and there are actually biodegradable plastic bags on the market. Plastic bags are cheaper to recycle than paper. They are also cheaper to transport.
That all being said, it would make sense to assume that plastic would be a better choice.
The real reasons?
Animals die from plastic bags. Plastic bags don't go away like paper does in the environment.
They linger. Forever.
So, even though plastic bags are cheaper to manufacture, use, and recycle, and paper is more costly, uses more energy to produce, and is more costly to recycle there is no logical choice between the two.
The only responsible thing to do would be to buy several of those cloth sacks. That would mean remembering to bring with you when you shopped. Keeping one handy in each car for those little store runs, and putting it back after you unloaded it. They don't hold a lot, so you will need five to ten of them. For those of us that are memory challenged, and are lucky enough to remember to take the groceries out of the store to our cars this could be an issue, but well worth the effort in the long run.