Reader Favorites: Photodegradable Trash Bags, Horticulture Magazine and a Guideline to Jogging

MOTHER EARTH NEWS reader favorites, including suggestions to try photodegradable trash bags, Horticulture Magazine and a guideline to jogging.

| March/April 1978

Reader suggestions for tried and true products, including suggestions to try photodegradable trash bags, Horticulture Magazine and a guideline to jogging.

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Bes-Pak Photodegradable Trash Bags

Bes-Pak And Co., Inc.
Montgomery, AL 36109

Chemical additives, plastic and waste all rate right at the bottom of our "favorite things" list. But — by taking one of the first (polygrade) . . . and adding it to the second (in the form of plastic trash bags) . . . you end up with a better solution to the third. A photodegradable trash bag.

Photodegradable simply means that a chemical additive (polygrade) in the plastic is activated by the ultraviolet rays of the sun. Then — usually within a few weeks or months — depending on climatic conditions and length of exposure, the plastic will break down into harmless natural elements. And this occurs even if the bag is buried in a landfill. Kinds like banana peels, clam shells, and other examples of nature's own biodegradable containers.

An estimated five billion large trash bags were used by the American consumer In 1976. Of these, approximately 16 percent were incinerated, five percent recycled, and the remainder — yes, that comes to some four billion plastic sacks — ended up at sanitary landfills, in open dumps, and/or littering the countryside.

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