Paper bags play a huge part in the reduction of CO2 emissions

Photo of Teresa Ribera at the Cepsa plant in Tenerife. Credit: [email protected]

A REPORT conducted by the environmental campaign ‘La Bolsa de Papel’ shows that the use of paper bags can ultimately save the environment 84,500 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

That is roughly the same amount as the total emissions of heating and hot water from 50,000 homes.

The growing, cultivating and harvesting of the trees used to manufacture the bags are responsible for storing the huge amounts of harmful CO2.

Fast growing species of trees are often used for the raw material for the bags like pine and eucalyptus and due to their growing habits, these are the trees that absorb the highest levels.

It is as the trees are growing that the most CO2 is absorbed, so the constant rejuvenating and harvesting of the young plants makes the conditions ideal.

Currently in Spain, 85 per cent of the paper bags used are recycled, along with the fact they are completely biodegradable and are being used as a major tool in the fight against single use plastic.

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