Many paper and fabrics are coated with petroleum-based PFAS plastic, a forever chemical that stays in our body and the environment. It's what makes the paper hold liquids. But, it comes at a cost to the environment.
Microscopic particles of PFAS plastics flake off and are inhaled or end up drifting into the air, water and land. These small particles then end up in our food and water. Once there, they stick around for centuries.
The North Pole snow and ice table are no longer white due to contamination of plastics settling on top. This is accelerating the melting of the ice tables as the darker particles absorb heat, and the snow no longer reflects the sun.
Plastic-free may cost more. It’s safe to say it’s worth it.