I love paper bags. Trader Joe's uses them. However, if everyone went to paper bags it would cause more pollution. Plastic bags are actually more environmentally favorable that paper. The pollution in the manufacturing process both air and water is huge compared to plastic. As noted above the reusable bags also have problems if they are not reused and the fact is Disney bags will not be reused. If you don't believe me go into Ebay and look up the number of Disney park bags that are listed for sale. Talk about a waste of energy and money. Biodegradable plastic is a much more environmentally friendly material to use for bags but the green movement just doesn't get it.Just a random thought: during the (WDW store management) discussions about possibly eliminating plastic bags, I wonder if they contemplated any paper bag solutions as well? (In my grocery store, they went from plastic to various sizes of paper bags last year.) As with the plastic bags, we don't pay for paper bags. The grocery store offers reusable bags for purchase, but it's also convenient for customers to have paper bags available when needed.
Paper bags (in addition to the purchased, reusable bags), may or may not be a viable option for the WDW shops, but I'm just curious if paper was ever discussed, as one possible solution.