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Paper or plastic?

Environmental choices present themselves daily. But a study by the Union of Concerned Scientists lists the following as not worth the trouble because the trade-offs are equal.

Paper vs. plastic. Paper sacks contribute to deforestation, even if they contain recycled material.

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Cotton vs. synthetic clothes. Cotton clothing may cause more harm to the environment because of the heavy use of pesticides to grow cotton. The environmental choice: used clothes.

Spray cans and plastic-foam cups. They no longer use ozone depleting chemicals. "You should not feel guilty to spray away," say the UCS.

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