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WEBSTER INDUSTRIES UNVEILS NATION'S FIRST 100-PERCENT RECYCLED-CONTENT TRASH BAG; RESULTS OF FIRST GREEN CROSS LIFE CYCLE STUDY (Product Announcement)

WEBSTER INDUSTRIES UNVEILS NATION'S FIRST 100-PERCENT RECYCLED-CONTENT
 TRASH BAG; RESULTS OF FIRST GREEN CROSS LIFE CYCLE STUDY
 PEABODY, Mass., Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Continuing its tradition as an environmental leader, Webster Industries today announced the nation's first plastic trash bags made entirely from recycled material. The new 100-percent recycled content RENEW brand trash bags contain the highest total recycled content possible as well as the highest amount of post-consumer material on the market. The company -- which set the standard last year with the introduction of 80-percent recycled content RENEW bags -- now leads the industry once again by raising the state-of-the-art to 100-percent recycled content, including 30-percent post-consumer material.
 Webster also announced the results of the first life cycle inventory study conducted by the Green Cross Certification Company. The independent life cycle inventory study scientifically quantified the environmental benefit of the RENEW 100-percent recycled content bag versus a similar bag made entirely of virgin plastic material.
 The study proved that RENEW bags use only one-third the petroleum and natural gas resources, one-fourth the electricity and less than one-tenth the oil fuels of the average virgin plastic trash bag. In addition, RENEW bags generate less than one-quarter the carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide (air emissions) and one-half the product and packaging wastes associated with virgin bags.
 President of Webster Industries, Raj Bal, stated: "Our new RENEW bags meet growing consumer and retailer demand for quality, value-priced products with a true and meaningful environmental benefit, such as 100-percent recycled content. As 'ecopreneurs,' we pride ourselves on leading the industry in making state-of-the-art products with the absolute maximum amount of recycled material in the most environmentally responsible manner."
 Dr. Stanley Rhodes, president of the Green Cross Certification Company, stated: "Our life cycle inventory quantifies the superior environmental performance of 100-percent recycled content RENEW bags as compared to similar bags made entirely of virgin plastic material. A combination of innovative technologies and policy decisions have enabled the company to significantly reduce the environmental burdens associated with the RENEW line. In category after category, the RENEW bags excelled by substantial margins."
 Webster also announced that RENEW trash bags earned the Good Housekeeping Seal -- a widely recognized symbol of consumer confidence. Dr. Paul Demko, director of Good Housekeeping's Bureau of Chemistry & Environmental Studies, stated: "We conduct thorough product evaluations and verify all product claims prior to issuing our Seal." The Good Housekeeping Seal provides a money-back guarantee based on consumer satisfaction.
 In forwarding Webster's position as a leading national plastics recycler and manufacturer of recycled content products, Webster also announced the construction of a new postconsumer recycling plant to be located next to the company's current Montgomery, Ala., facility. The new facility will increase the company's total recycling capacity from the 70 million pounds currently recycled each year up to 100 million pounds each year. This will also expand Webster's utilization of postconsumer recycled materials to over 50 million pounds each year.
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 /CONTACT: Cindy Drucker, manager of environmental policy, Webster Industries, 800-225-0796, x140/ CO: Webster Industries ST: Massachusetts IN: SU: PDT


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