A paper bag costs 4 or 5 cents per bag to produce. There are plastic bags that are compostable, but the cost rises to between 8 to 10 cents. Spending one penny per bag or one dime per bag is the answer as to why so many stores still use traditional plastic bags.
How much money does it cost to make a paper bag?
How much does it cost to produce a paper bag? The New York Times states that the plastic industry reported that a standard store plastic grocery bag costs about one cent to produce. It costs about 4 to 5 cents to manufacture a paper bag.
How much does it cost to produce reusable bags?
Many supermarkets encourage the use of reusable shopping bags to increase sales and profit margins. Most non woven bags cost $0.10-0.25 to produce but are sold for $0.99-$3.00.
Should I use paper or plastic bags?
Despite its low durability, one advantage of paper is that it decomposes much more quickly than plastic, and therefore it is less likely to be a source of litter and pose a risk to wildlife. Paper is also more widely recyclable, while plastic bags can take between 400 and 1,000 years to decompose.