Which bag should you use? - Luka Seamus Wright and Imogen Ellen Napper

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Explore the environmental impact of three types of bags- plastic, paper, and cloth- to find out how they’re made, used and disposed of.
You’ve filled up your cart and made it to the front of the grocery line when you’re confronted with yet another choice: what kind of bag should you use? It might seem obvious that plastic is bad for the environment, and that a paper bag or a cotton tote would be the better option. But is that really true? Luka Seamus Wright and Imogen Ellen Napper explore the environmental impact of each material.
Lesson by Luka Seamus Wright & Imogen Ellen Napper, directed by JodyPrody.
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  1. Leonard Pluecker
    Leonard Pluecker
    2 ditë më parë

    The answer is to not use a bag. You have arms and a car just carry it mate

  2. Shruti Shrivastava
    Shruti Shrivastava
    9 ditë më parë

    People can use jute bags, too.

  3. Em Beboso
    Em Beboso
    10 ditë më parë

    This reminds me of that PETA tweet where PETA said that sheep are being bred and sheared for abnormal amounts of wool, causing heat death. But now the only way to save them is to shear them

  4. Thuyen Le Huu
    Thuyen Le Huu
    13 ditë më parë

    I just put the stuff in my backpack lol

  5. Arhaam Faheem Ahmad
    Arhaam Faheem Ahmad
    14 ditë më parë

    the answer is just recycle your old clothes into durable bags.

  6. Ashwini Sarode
    Ashwini Sarode
    17 ditë më parë

    Backpack and more backpacks..or take a carrier baggage trolley if it's too much for one time shopping!

  7. Arbien John Pajaron
    Arbien John Pajaron
    21 ditë më parë

    I used my own reused plastic bag at a grocery store once. However, they made me use a new one because the bag I have has a different grocery store label, not theirs. tsk tsk tsk

  8. Divya Unni
    Divya Unni
    22 ditë më parë

    For environment

  9. Divya Unni
    Divya Unni
    22 ditë më parë

    Paper and cloth is nise. Plastic is bad

  10. Cockatoo in Sunglasses
    Cockatoo in Sunglasses
    26 ditë më parë

    I actually just use old pillow cases for my grocery bags.

    29 ditë më parë

    The better flat externally wish because pin hopefully tug in a tough cattle. slimy, knowledgeable question

  12. Landscope 360
    Landscope 360
    Muaj më parë

    Most cloth bags are linen or hemp, not cotton...

  13. Robert Peterson
    Robert Peterson
    Muaj më parë

    Personally, I use "green" cotton bags everywhere I go. I have bags that are years old. I am sure some of my bags have been used over two-three hundred times.

  14. Ryan’s favorites Van Dyke
    Ryan’s favorites Van Dyke
    Muaj më parë

    It turn out nature or biology is becoming more and more complex then you and i thought

  15. John Southfield
    John Southfield
    Muaj më parë

    The decorous airport disconcertingly permit because afghanistan logistically return near a optimal icicle. sable, historical knickers

  16. Sarah Iswahyudi
    Sarah Iswahyudi
    Muaj më parë

    So, why not combine those three material and make new material that can be used more than 1000000 times?

  17. zoha iqbal
    zoha iqbal
    Muaj më parë

    we can put every thing in trolly and bring it near our car and put all the things in car and gave the trolly back to the shop, simple :)

  18. Me Me
    Me Me
    Muaj më parë

    Every Asian household has that plastic bag full of plastic bags

    Muaj më parë

    Although it's good that these studies have shown some of the truth concerning which bags are best. There are many other factors that are not even considered, like Particle Plastic dispersal, which are higher with these so called reusable plastics fabric bags. As well as viral or germ contamination potentials, cleanliness factors, which actually favor disposable plastic bags in preventing such. For there's less of a chance for distributing contagions. With that indicated, Plastics are not the problem, it's how they're dealt with after its used, or end of life. Proper educations & really actions are the right way forward, and we see these studies and video's of this nature, as a great starting points.

  20. Feng lu
    Feng lu
    Muaj më parë

    i hate when people at the supermarket put their single fruit and vege per bag each literally.

  21. Kirara
    Muaj më parë

    I just chuck everything on the trunk carpet. So what if it rolls. So what if I have to walk multiple times to unload.

  22. DEVIL
    Muaj më parë

    Asian parents use the bigger plastic bags to store the smaller plastic bag, eternally.

  23. Saara Gross
    Saara Gross
    Muaj më parë

    Conclusion: just use a *backpack*

    Muaj më parë

    me like the video😀

    Muaj më parë

    is fun

  26. Dennis’ Blog
    Dennis’ Blog
    Muaj më parë

    waste waste waste

  27. Stratis Georgilis
    Stratis Georgilis
    Muaj më parë

    We should switch to linen bags, because linen has all the important properties of the other bags(other than biodegradability, but they would still be really durable, so you can use them again and again), and flax isn’t picky with their conditions(unlike some other plants I can mention), so it would be easier to grow.

  28. Noemi Olesiak
    Noemi Olesiak
    Muaj më parë

    I'm sorry but i would say people use cotton bags definitely more than 131 times and it would be important to mention it. I probably use mines around few hundred to a thousand times

  29. Noemi Olesiak
    Noemi Olesiak
    Muaj më parë

    I'm sorry but i would say people use cotton bags definitely more than 131 times and it would be important to mention it. I probably use mines around few hundred to a thousand times

  30. Whereabouts Unknown
    Whereabouts Unknown
    2 muaj më parë

    I recommend BAGGU. They sell high quality, and durable recycled rip-stop nylon bags. They are so great! I've been using them for over 2 years now. The bags are able to carry A LOT, and they are machine/hand washable. You can buy from their site, Amazon, or their SF base store.

  31. sfghnkgxcbkngdz
    2 muaj më parë

    The answer is backpacks

  32. TheGreatman 2
    TheGreatman 2
    2 muaj më parë

    Paper and Cloth best

  33. Rafael Dejesus
    Rafael Dejesus
    2 muaj më parë

    How is a paper bag more reusable than a plastic one? Just holding a paper bag is enough to tear it apart.

  34. Bourbon & Bones
    Bourbon & Bones
    2 muaj më parë

    I have been using the same 15 plastic shopping bags I picked up from Trader Joe’s for years. They are plastic like and extremely durable. I highly recommend them.

  35. Chase Awesome
    Chase Awesome
    2 muaj më parë

    Excuse me teded what about blind bags

  36. Estephanie Velazques
    Estephanie Velazques
    2 muaj më parë

    Then why don't just use natural fiber knitted baskets?

  37. Nisha Herath
    Nisha Herath
    2 muaj më parë

    Eventually in Sri lanka, growing cotton is simply as pie but not in any of the western countries.....

  38. Sevy read
    Sevy read
    2 muaj më parë

    what kind of person uses cotton bags 131times?

  39. acsa vado
    acsa vado
    2 muaj më parë

    i knew i wasn’t crazy juggling 12 items in my arms

  40. VeganVixen
    3 muaj më parë

    Another option has been missed. Buying secondhand materials and crafting your own bags! There are all kinds of guides on how to make DIY reusable bags. :)

  41. Lolo
    3 muaj më parë

    When i don't have my vinyl bags, i use the papers bag and reuse it for my compost bin.

  42. Apple Iris
    Apple Iris
    3 muaj më parë


  43. Owen Toad
    Owen Toad
    3 muaj më parë

    Ted-ed: which bag is best? A B C Answer: D

  44. RKB. Ch
    RKB. Ch
    3 muaj më parë

    Just add gucci logo on plastic, andi it will used many times

  45. Ava Nutkiss Gaming And Fun
    Ava Nutkiss Gaming And Fun
    3 muaj më parë


  46. Benjamin Schmitt
    Benjamin Schmitt
    3 muaj më parë

    "Waste isn’t waste until we waste it." Floor isn’t floor until you floor it.

  47. Rickypol 007
    Rickypol 007
    3 muaj më parë

    Soo is a lose lose lose win

  48. I like pie
    I like pie
    3 muaj më parë

    “Paper or plastic, sir/ma’am?” *Takes both* “No not both!” I’ve heard this from a certain game. Forgot which.

  49. Vexy
    3 muaj më parë

    literally dog water literally free zero earned no wager earnings free'er than a sample at costco literally dog water

  50. Boerner William
    Boerner William
    3 muaj më parë

    The smiling business lily inform because handle centrally wriggle anenst a icky swiss. dizzy, lacking income

  51. Jolaine Tay
    Jolaine Tay
    3 muaj më parë

    I eat what I bought to keep my hands free

  52. Aaron Paul Dy Lusanta
    Aaron Paul Dy Lusanta
    3 muaj më parë

    It took into account the carbon footprint in producing paper bags and cloth bags right from the start (as plants) but not on the part of the plastic bag starting from the petroleum mining 1:04

  53. Rachel sun
    Rachel sun
    4 muaj më parë

    Take the cart home no bag needed

  54. antaleena joarder
    antaleena joarder
    4 muaj më parë

    Please show us your original documents that prove this hypothesis

  55. Hamtrak_p42dc Amtrak
    Hamtrak_p42dc Amtrak
    4 muaj më parë

    Simple they all end up in a landfill

  56. Peter Porker
    Peter Porker
    4 muaj më parë

    In my home we reuse plastic bags

  57. Kate Spaulding
    Kate Spaulding
    4 muaj më parë

    plastic is non renewable tho

  58. Kimberly Ong
    Kimberly Ong
    4 muaj më parë

    So which one is the answer?

  59. Kurei0
    4 muaj më parë

    Costco boxes

  60. James Freehoff
    James Freehoff
    4 muaj më parë

    So, let's preach the evils of the carbon footprint.

  61. nguyễn thịnh khôi ok
    nguyễn thịnh khôi ok
    4 muaj më parë

    Cloth bag is most useful

  62. Abhilash Giri
    Abhilash Giri
    4 muaj më parë

    Least focus was given on solution part of problem.

  63. Nupur Shrirao
    Nupur Shrirao
    4 muaj më parë

    But which is the best bag? Which is the fourth one? Help lols

  64. Nick Schrombeck
    Nick Schrombeck
    4 muaj më parë

    Good breakdown of some factors that affect and are effected by grocery bags. I thought the calculation with carbon footprint and reuse number was quite clever. What isn't talked about in this video is what the continuing reliance on fossil fuels means for the LARGER picture of planet-life well-being (LCA), and which farming/land-use method was taken into account when considering carbon footprint and biodegradability. Burning natural gas or coal has local biological impacts that may cause instability amongst ecological systems further away. We don't like breathing in smog or drinking polluted water, let alone birds, etc. The average human consumes on average ~5 grams of plastic a week (so a credit card), a substance that neither our bodies nor the greater environment has had to process before (i.e. non-biodegradable). The land-use methods I am referring to include conventional/monoculture vs. regenerative/Regrarian/permaculture practices. I'm not sure it's as easy to say that when harvesting cotton or trees, one is pulling out all of the carbon that was previously locked away. If the soil is in a proper state, much of the carbon remains there for other plants to use (carbon sequestration). I don't want people to fall back on plastic just because of a number that seemingly correlates different materials (g of CO2e). Things are much more complex, and we all can help each other sort through it. At the least, I hope this video gets people talking about where their grocery bags come from. Happy holidays!

  65. Ly Tran
    Ly Tran
    4 muaj më parë

    2:39 DO YOU MATH?

  66. Ly Tran
    Ly Tran
    4 muaj më parë


  67. Jazzie Chameleon
    Jazzie Chameleon
    4 muaj më parë

    Does anybody else get depressed and feel empty when the music at the beginning plays?

  68. Neil Richins
    Neil Richins
    4 muaj më parë

    You can't count the carbon from a tree removed from its environment when it is the paper industry that is buying land and preserving forests. The more paper used, the more forests planted, and carbon taken from the air gets locked in a solid form and increases the chance of being buried in a stable state instead of decomposing back into co2.

  69. Marsha&Mischa Canaveral
    Marsha&Mischa Canaveral
    4 muaj më parë

    I did not get an answer

  70. Arpan Banerjee
    Arpan Banerjee
    4 muaj më parë

    For groceries, a good option would probably be the net-type nylon bags. You can wash them and use them for several months or even years. However, sometimes cost becomes a factor. For example, in my neighbourhood supermarket, the cheapest variety of bananas comes wrapped in plastic in 1 kg portions (approx) while the ones without plastic are 1.5x the price. For a student or a person on a tight budget, it often becomes a difficult choice.

  71. Kenny Keating
    Kenny Keating
    4 muaj më parë

    The real answer is to end capitalism

  72. Al To
    Al To
    4 muaj më parë

    Así como hacen playeras o chamarras de trapeador, podrían tener una bolsa o mochila simple hecha para ese propósito, sugerencia, también están plásticos de la naturaleza, como piel de serpiente recién mudada, muda de crustáceos, incluso corales profundos que a soportan altas presiones y dejan un material similar. Sugerencias creo.

  73. Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon
    Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon
    4 muaj më parë

    Woah woah woah, removing trees isn't really something bad when most companies would actually plant more to make more paper bags. Actually using products made from tree would most likely caused more trees to exist. It isn't becausr these companies care for the environment but it's just because if there is high demand they need to plant more trees to produce more profit.

  74. Reginald Arrieta
    Reginald Arrieta
    4 muaj më parë

    Bayong... A traditional bag, yet durable and eco-friendly..

  75. jireh de Armas
    jireh de Armas
    4 muaj më parë

    on south east asia back in the days in our country or i think even now we use woven leaves( leaf/leaves basket) but they are shaped like a bag or hand bag its eco friendly made by hand woven its cheap and durable can last for years just one coconut giant leafs can make 2 to 3 baskets or maybe more search "bayong" and you'll see it we also sometimes use the leaves also and turn it into a hand fan. some traditions and celebrations we have still make these products alive and i love my country

  76. Pop cortes fãs !
    Pop cortes fãs !
    4 muaj më parë


  77. Kaila Knapp
    Kaila Knapp
    4 muaj më parë

    I use my cute bag so much it's like some sort of sidekick

  78. Diamond HD
    Diamond HD
    4 muaj më parë

    Paper is the bomb when it comes to disposability.

  79. KaiSoo SeChan
    KaiSoo SeChan
    4 muaj më parë

    To the Pinoys here: were they talking about bayong in the end?

  80. T R Kavanagh
    T R Kavanagh
    4 muaj më parë

    If cotton bags are made from clothing that has reached the end of it's useful life it solves 2 problems

  81. Gallium
    5 muaj më parë

    4:22 pp my favorite material to make bags outta

  82. Lei Lei Win
    Lei Lei Win
    5 muaj më parë

    I HAVE ဆွဲခြင်းတောင်း 😃 Burmese will get it

  83. Syko
    5 muaj më parë

    This video has misleading information regarding paper production. More trees are planted in the paper mill industry than by any other contributor. Remember the $20 mil for 20 mil trees? Yeah that is 3 days of trees planted by paper mill industry. So the use paper encourages the planting of trees who over their lifespan more than compensate their processing impact.

  84. Raghav Bansal
    Raghav Bansal
    5 muaj më parë

    Jute bags?

  85. thy-fodder !
    thy-fodder !
    5 muaj më parë

    Which bag? *Me, a millennial:* Oh, I'll just put it in my Backpack.

  86. TheMaskofVegito
    5 muaj më parë

    Get a shopping trolley bag. Mesh bags for your fruit and veg. No need for any of those bags then.

  87. Jose Last name
    Jose Last name
    5 muaj më parë

    The answer is those bags made from potatoes and corn

  88. Travis Terrell
    Travis Terrell
    5 muaj më parë

    Figuring out the "overall" environmental impact of something is a stupidly difficult problem for environmental economists. Related note: Plastic isn't really very recyclable. At all. A recent study counterintuitively showed the most environmentally friendly way to dispose of plastic bags was actually to burn them.

  89. Tagreed Ibrahim
    Tagreed Ibrahim
    5 muaj më parë

    everyone : which is the best? TedEd: yes

  90. Kot Darwesh Muhammad
    Kot Darwesh Muhammad
    5 muaj më parë

    I prefer cloth bags 🎒

  91. Faraday chemistry classes , By - Uday Sir
    Faraday chemistry classes , By - Uday Sir
    5 muaj më parë

    So we have to use all bags equally,less and for long time

  92. cristian arango
    cristian arango
    5 muaj më parë

    gUeN vIdEo

  93. Yen 8
    Yen 8
    5 muaj më parë

    Just bring your school bags to a shopping mall .lol.

  94. Hardeep Rajput
    Hardeep Rajput
    5 muaj më parë

    Cashier: Plastic, Cotton or paper Me: Quietly fills everything in my pocket.

  95. Jc2112
    5 muaj më parë

    Try using a backpack for groceries, you can't go back afterwards ;)

  96. Niranjan R
    Niranjan R
    5 muaj më parë

    I don’t think the calculation of net carbon footprint that is divided by the times it’s recycled would provide a good calculation. Bcoz anyway, the factories which produce it will go on producing. The decline in demand, I feel wouldn’t slide enough to make any significant change. Am I right? It just doesn’t feel right

  97. OOF
    5 muaj më parë

    Wait what?? What was the conclusion again what is the best bag I’m confused

  98. Sarthak Matlotia
    Sarthak Matlotia
    5 muaj më parë

    newspaper is used in my area Himachal Pradesh

  99. prince no
    prince no
    5 muaj më parë

    Dont use bags at all

  100. Spriggan sie deutsch
    Spriggan sie deutsch
    5 muaj më parë

    So, basically we should all be using and reusing those giant, blue IKEA bags? 🤓