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It's a question you're asked all the time, Paper or plastic? What's the environmentally correct answer? Simran says it's really neither. More than 380 million plastic bags are thrown away in the United States every year, and those plastic bags can take up to 1,000 years to biodegrade in landfills. And while paper bags do eventually biodegrade, an estimated 14 million trees a year have to be cut down to make 10 billion paper bags.

The solution? Bring your own bag to the store and fill it with recycled and organic items.

"It's cool because it's made of 100 percent organic cotton canvas without any kind of pesticides, and it's good for our planet. You can use it over and over and over, and throw it in the wash when it gets dirty," Oprah says.
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FROM: Going Green 101: What Your Family Can Do Today!
Published on January 01, 2006

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