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[GreenYes] Plastic Newspaper delivery bags (NYT)


From the NYTimes Green Inc. blog:

a New York Times spokeswoman said:

Our current plastic bags are produced using a high percentage of recycled material and the bags can be recycled.

By early 2009, The Times should be fully converted to utilizing a new bio-degradable polybag for newspaper deliveries around the country. The bag is produced by GP Plastics and they call it their PolyGreen bag. The bag begins to degrade in the open environment within a few months and within two to three years when in a landfill.

With this new technology an additive is mixed with the plastic that causes the finished product to degrade over time, as it is exposed to oxygen in the open environment or in a landfill. In addition to being “oxo-biodegradable” the bag can be recycled along with any other plastic bags. The Times will be the first national newspaper to commit to using this environmentally friendly bag. While this new bag is more expensive, we believe it is an important change to make.

 

 

Kendall Christiansen

 


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