Paper Bags Are Better Than Plastic, Right? For years, I had this odd logic about plastic vs paper. I thought we should use up the petroleum resources used in the creation of plastic in order to force ourselves toward petroleum substitutes. Then I began reading about how plastics impacted wildlife, http://www.avianweb.com/plasticinouroceans.html, and I switched to paper. Now, incredibly, a search of several websites leaves me convinced that neither paper nor plastic bags is a good choice. The best option: reusable bags. Sure, sure. You have three or four sitting in the trunk of your car, and forget to take them in to the store with you. Maybe this article will help you (and me) remember to grab our green bags. By the way, the plastic bag above is totally biodegradable and compostable, and available from www.naturalcollection.com.