The recent focus in the media over the evilness of wedding paper cake box has caused State and Local governments to pass numerous laws on the use of plastic merchandise bags. The question the media should be asking is have they done a disservice to the American people and have the actions by the media actually harmed the environment more?

Lets rationally compare:

1) The energy required to manufacture plastic bags is 25% of that of paper bags. This is a little known fact that is basically hidden from the public. Many rivers are polluted due to the manufacturing of paper bags which generate 50 times more water pollution and 70% more air pollution.

2) It takes 91% less energy to recycle plastic bags than paper bags and boxes. Recycling of plastic has become widespread and is continuing to grow, so this energy savings has become more important.