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Paper or Plastic? Chester Delivery

Posted 4/26/2019 6:55pm by Ryan Lacz & Liz Balchin.

Hi All-

Hope you're enjoying the beautiful Spring that we're having so far!

As we plan for the upcoming farm market season (Stroudsburg opens May 4th!), Liz and I were thinking about the ever present question at a market- paper or plastic?  After reading that the US uses 100 Billion plastic bags a year (yes, that's 100 Billion), we did some research...


Each option has it's up and down-sides, this poster sums it up very well.  Paper is from a renewable resource, and is more readily recyclable into other products, but takes much more energy to produce and transport than plastic bags.  Plastic, on the other hand, has a much smaller carbon footprint than paper bags to produce, but take 500-1000 years to break down, and in the meantime wreak havoc in the oceans and on wildlife mistaking them for food. 

The short answer we came up with after reading lots of articles, is, "How about neither?"  The main theme we saw over the various articles was that the best way to minimize your impact is to bring your own bag- be it plastic, paper, cotton, basket, box, crate, backpack...each time you reuse a bag prevents one from going to a landfill, ending up in the ocean, using energy and resources to make a new one or recycle and old one.

Reusable tote bags are great- they can take the weight, and condensation so won't rip.  They're also much more durable than either paper or plastic bags, so you can load them up with all your fresh goodies from the market.  

You can reuse T-shirts by making them into your own tote bag, no sewing machine or skills required!

We already take any and all (paper and plastic) used 1 dozen egg cartons from our customers to reuse for our chicken and duck eggs, and will continue to do so.

Moving forward, we will only purchase recycled paper bags to use for customers, but strongly encourage you to bring bags to markets and deliveries.  We will, however, take any and all used paper & plastic bags that you might have laying around your house that you want to donate to the farm!  The more we reuse those bags already made, the less impact they have on our environment.


We do have a Chester delivery coming up this Sunday, April 28th, from 11- Noon. Shop online, email, text, or call in your orders soon.

Thanks for pitching in and helping us farm in a more sustainable way, every bit helps!

Ryan & Liz

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