You Can't Ignore Litter When Talking About Plastic Bags' & Bottles' Eco-Impact

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When determining the environmental impact of plastic bags versus either paper or reusable, we ought to be seriously talking about both litter and the actual percentage of bags recycled. That's the very rough outline of a good new piece by Daniel Goldman over at Yale e360. It's something I've long thought: Whether it's plastic bags or plastic bottles, considering how few are recycled and how many end up as litter, ignoring that and instead highlighting that making reusable bottles or bags takes more energy misses a huge part of the picture. Read more: Facing the Dirty Truth About Recycled Plastics
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