Although Reusable plastic tote bags outperform paper bags environmentally, no doubt, the latter has its benefits too. It is OK to use paper bags.
Paper is a biodegradable, renewable, sustainable product made from trees.
Forests are good for the environment, providing clean air, clean water, carbon storage, and wildlife habitat.
Growing and harvesting trees provide jobs for millions of men and women.
In North America, there are over 1.7 billion acres of forests. Of the 875 million acres of forests that supply commercial products (that's eight times the area of California) less than 3% are harvested each year. More trees are planted each year than are harvested. We have more forest land today than we had the very first Earth Day in 1970.
The paper industry plants 1.7 million trees every single day, which is three times what they harvest.
Two thirds of all paper today worldwide is recycled compared to 18% of electronic devices. Americans recover over 50% of the consumed paper.
Recycling 1 short ton of paper saves 17 mature trees, 7.000 US gallons of water and enough energy to power the average American home for six months.