Lately more and more cities in the US are banning plastic bags and having the stores replace them with paper bags instead. You can find a complete list of the cities here.
Are paper bags better for the environment than
plastic bags? That has been an ongoing debate. As far as disposing of paper
bags, that is indeed better for the environment; however, producing them is a
whole other story. Turns out, producing paper bags is much more straining to
the environment. Here is a little chart that will show you how much energy is
used for making bags (for a better view of this, please click here):
It is important to remember however, that
plastic bags stay in the environment far longer than any paper bag, and create
more harm with incorrect disposing.