Why not switch to paper bags?

Although they are recyclable and biodegradable and do not create the same problems associated with litter and marine life, paper bags also have their own environmental impact. Manufacturing them requires trees as well as large amounts of water. It has been estimated that 14 million trees are cut down every year to make paper bags for shoppers in the U.S. It also takes a significant amount of energy to produce, distribute, and dispose of paper bags.

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1. Do plastic bags biodegrade?
2. Why not switch to paper bags?
3. Wouldn’t compostable bags solve the problem?
4. What is the City of Napa’s definition of a recycled paper bag?
5. What is the City of Napa’s definition of a reusable bag?
6. Why are reusable bags better for the environment?
7. Where can I get reusable bags?
8. Are reusable bags safe? Won’t they harbor germs?
9. What if I forget my reusable bags?
10. What if I can’t afford to purchase a reusable bag?
11. Why not offer plastic bags, but charge for them instead?
12. How can I avoid the charge?