We've seen this story hundreds of times -- which type of bag is better, paper or plastic? Frequently the coverage is not complimentary to plastic. Toronto's The Globe and Mail deserves credit for bringing some balance to its Feb. 1 report, "Which is greener, paper or plastic? You might be surprised." The story focuses on what types of bags local retailers use, and how some of them explain the decision to their customers. The story isn't entirely pro-plastic, despite what the headline may imply. But Augusta Dwyer covers both the pluses and minuses of the different options in a balanced way. That's good for consumers, who need facts to help make decisions -- not one-sided lectures. Toronto retailers have been using fewer plastic bags since 2009, when they were required to start charging consumers 5 cents per bag. That's resulted in a 75 percent drop in plastic bag use, according to the story.
A balanced story on plastic vs. paper
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