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Would you like paper or plastic?

We've all heard of the movements against plastic bags and plastic products and the move towards using paper bags (for example) in grocery stores and markets around the country, but is paper really better than plastic? The paper or plastic dilemma has been going on for years but no one seems to be able to pinpoint what really is best for our environment. 

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Trees may seem like a more harmless element than natural gases (like those used to produce plastic). But manufacturing wood into paper requires a "resource-heavy process", which the UK’s Environment Agency stated was “significantly worse” than plastic in regards to its effect on the environment. Paper production requires copious amounts of water, energy, and chemicals, and has been known to release toxic chemicals into air and water as a result. The amount of waste produced by the paper industry is somewhere close to 12 million tons. That being said, plastic production has its negative qualities as well yet it causes fewer greenhouse gases and uses less water and chemicals than paper.

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There is also the well-known (and accurate) argument that choosing paper means choosing to kill more and more trees every day, the backbones of our ecosystem. Trees serve to regulate our environmental processes and slow down things like climate change on earth. The organization Stand for Trees addresses this in ongoing fight in their mission statement. They state: "Trees give us beauty, shade, food, clean water, oxygen, fuel, energy, furniture, paper, medicines, fruit, nuts, housing, fresh air (did we mention oxygen?!), habitat, happiness, livelihoods, climate regulation, and more." According to the information on their site, every 48 hours we lose a forest the size of New York City. At ChefHandler when you choose a plastic disposable product over a paper product for your next dinner or barbeque you're choosing to save a forest, an environment, and an ecosystem while creating hope for a better, more sustainable earth. 

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