Paper vs. Plastic Bags - All About Bags

Prolific Problem”

Learning Objectives- Students will read a mentor text about human impact on the environment--specifically plastic bags

Language Objectives- Students will be introduced to persuasive language through mentor text

ELPS- Advanced; listening/speaking

TEKS: 110.34; listening (24)

ELPS—Advanced Listening/reading

TEKS: 110.34; reading (6, 7, 9) Research (21-23)
Activity- Students will count the number of plastic bags they see in one day

Direct teach persuasive text structure
Use a graphic organizer
Assessment- Use journal to write about what they think happens to those plastic bags.

ELPS—Advanced Listening, reading, speaking

TEKS: 110.34 Research (21-23)
Learning Objective—Engage other content areas by word/math problem classroom tally for plastic bags.

Human beings invented plastic bags for the convenience of carriers and packers.

But how those impacts are weighed depends on context. So, for example, if we lived in Los Angeles, anything that created smog would be really high on our list. But in Eugene that’s not so much of an issue. In Eugene, it’s a little easier to say, let’s worry about global warming rather than smog. If you live in a community that doesn’t have much landfill space or you were worried about plastic bags washing into the ocean, then you would want to find alternatives to plastic because it has a longer life span than other materials.

Paper vs. Plastic: The Great Green Debate - Fast Company

469-475.ConclusionThe LCA of plastic bags is significantly lower than that of paper bags.

Starch-based plastic bags require less energy to produce than polyethylene plastic bags and less energy than recycled paper bags
Less green house gases were emitted for the starch-based plastic bags
Muthu, S.S.; Li, Y.; Hu, J.

Plastic Bags vs Paper Bags which is more Earth Friendly?

There are really good things about plastic bags—they produce less greenhouse gas, they use less water and they use far fewer chemicals compared to paper or cotton. The carbon footprint— that is, the amount of greenhouse gas that is produced during the life cycle of a plastic bag—is less than that of a paper bag or a cotton tote bag. If the most important environmental impact you wanted to alleviate was global warming, then you would go with plastic.

Paper or Plastic - Banning of Bags

Chemistry professor (left) has taken an interest in the environmentally sensitive decisions that confront consumers every day: Plastic grocery bags . . . or paper? Take the car to work . . . or public transit? Disposable cups . . . or a ceramic mug that can be used over and over again?

This Research Paper Paper or Plastic - Banning of Bags

landfills, taking about one thousand years to decompose, but only 5.2 percent were recycled (Borrud, 2007, p.75).-These are the figures plastic bags have produced every year.