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  • Quote:"After weeks of preparation, including bribes to a guard, Avey twice swapped uniforms with a Dutch Jew of roughly the same height to sneak into the camp where he spent the night.

    On both occasions the men managed to change back into their own clothes, despite the risk of discovery and certain death.

    "I did my homework over weeks and weeks, but the common denominator of all that was a tremendous amount of luck," Avey said in an interview to promote his biography "The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz," co-written by Rob Broomby and published in Britain by Hodder & Stoughton.

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    • The conventional HDPE bag had the lowest environmental impacts of the lightweight bags in eight out of nine impact categories;
    • The biodegradable HDPE bag had larger environmental impacts than the regular kind;
    • The starch-poly bag (similar to HDPE bags, but made of a mixture of starch and polyethylene) was worse yet, with the highest environmental impact rankings on seven of the nine categories examined;
    • The heavy-duty LDPE bag must be used five times in order to get its global warming potential below that of a conventional HDPE bag;
    • The non-woven polypropylene “bag for life” had to be used 14 times to get its global warming potential down to that of HDPE;
    • Paper bags performed poorly on the environmental impact tests, and must be used four or more times to match the global warming potential of the HDPE bags; and, finally,
    • Cotton bags were found to have greater environmental impacts that the conventional HDPE bag in seven of nine categories, even when used

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