A Report on the Carbon Footprint of Plastic Bags

A review of the Life-Cycle Analysis on Common Plastic Bags

In February 2011, The UK Environment Agency published a report, Life Cycle Analysis on Carrier Bags.

An assessment across all types of carrier bags

  • Conventional plastic
  • Hydro-biodegradable plastic
  • Oxo-biodegradable plastic
  • Cotton/Jute
  • Paper


  • The UK Environment Agency study shows how plastic bags* are the most environmentally friendly.
  • If these were banned, it would be worse for the environment as the alternatives to plastic bags have a higher Global Warming Potential.


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