What’s the difference between a paper towel and a paper clip?
This week, Al Jazeera looked at the different types of paper towel.
We asked: Are paper towels actually made from paper?
Does paper contain plastic, or is it made from recycled paper?
And, if so, what is the difference?
And we also asked: Do paper towels break?
In the meantime, the BBC has published the following infographic.
To understand the difference, you have to first understand how paper is made.
In the 1970s, scientists developed a method for converting paper into a more stable and useful form of energy.
For the most part, paper is recycled paper that has been bleached to remove its natural oils and waxes.
The result is paper that can be recycled and reused.
In this process, the paper that was first shredded is converted into an organic molecule called cellulose.
This cellulose is used in making paper products, like paper towels.
When the natural oils are removed, the cellulose in the paper is used to make polyethylene (PET), a material that can last for years.
The cellulose that was once shredded is also used in paper products that can hold their shape, like card stock and paperboard.
The end result is a product that is both more durable and less susceptible to damage from the environment.
But not all recycled paper is created equal.
In addition to the cellulosic cellulose, paper products can also be made with plastic.
And although most of the paper products we see on the supermarket shelves are made from plastic, the chemical composition of plastics is different than that of cellulose and paper.
In the past, most plastics were manufactured in plants using a chemical called polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
It was this chemical that was used in the plastic manufacturing process.
However, plastics also can be produced from other renewable sources, like wood chips and petrochemicals.
These materials are more environmentally friendly than cellulose or paper.
In fact, plastic is estimated to use only two percent of the planet’s resources.
As an example, the amount of CO2 released by plastics is about three times as much as it is from fossil fuels.
In contrast, plastic only releases about a tenth of the carbon dioxide released by coal or oil.
So plastics are good for the environment because they are less polluting than traditional materials.
So, how do you decide which type of paper to buy?
The paper you use is crucial.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), paper contains about 100 different types, including recycled and natural paper.
For example, recycled paper has less oil, but has less plastic.
Natural paper is less likely to contain oil and is usually more durable.
As well as its use in paper towels and other products, recycled plastic is used as a substrate in the construction of buildings.
It is used on buildings in China, where plastic pollution is often a problem.
It is also important to note that paper can be made from more than one type of material.
For instance, paper towels can be both natural and recycled paper.
But paper towels that are made of natural paper are more likely to be recycled, and will last longer than those made from synthetic materials.