In most countries, a wide range of plastic bags is used in the market today. Many people have no idea of what bags to use. Is it plastic bags or cotton bags?
Plastic bags are multi-purpose bags made of polyethene while cotton bags are made of cotton fabric. Plastic bags have a wide variety of use compared to cotton bags.
Cotton bags are designed with a long life but serve only one purpose that is a carry bag. Plastic bags are not just single-use they are a convenience and a necessity. Nugen consultation in the UK was carrying out further analysis.
Due to strength, durability, versatility characteristics of plastic bags, they are not only used as shopping bags but also they can be used widely to wrap food, hoarding dirty and wet clothes, used as trash bags while travelling and also manage household and pet waste and many requirements of daily life.
Plastic bags overpowers the cotton bags because they have lower carbon footprint thus environmental friendly performance.
During the generation of cotton bags it uses four times more water thus it generates three times greenhouse gases and more solid waste than plastic bags which during manufacture are less resource intensive and a lower global warming potential since are made of polyethylene made out of ethane which is natural gas and does not burn too hot thus plastic bags made a preference.
Plastic bags can be reused more than once since they to eliminate being part of waste stream and landfill. In contrast when cotton bags get dirty and can never be reused but thrown as trash thus causing environmental landfill.
Used plastic bags are a valuable resource that can be used over again, remanufactured and recycled locally to extend the life of the resource. Can be recycled in making new bags, outdoor furniture, water pipes, plastic lumbers, office supplies and garden supplies.
Cotton bags cannot be recycled because of the multi-materials used in handles, and threads used to add strength and durability in them if to be recycled they must be deconstructed in the process thus much time is needed and costly. So when cotton bags reach their end life they are treated as waste.
Plastic bags also have some disadvantages though they provide a safe environment, it is highly recommended that plastic bags during reuse to be washed frequently and kept clean, if not after every use to avoid bacterial build up since they can contaminate the food carried in them and can lead to health risk.
Although plastic bags have a few disadvantages they outperform cotton bags on the view on how plastic bags are made, working on landfills, plastic litter incidence and non-biodegrading products. – On resource usage:
Plastic bags have a role in the conservation of the natural gas resources since are made of ethane which is burned in a natural gas refining process. – On manufacturing: Cotton bags manufacture uses many resources than plastic bags. On reuse, it is difficult to reuse cotton bags because they have a tendency to tear up faster. – Solid waste: Cotton bags have a high greater mass and weight than plastic bags so they add a higher tonnage to waste stream this turns to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions.