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Now you see it, now you don’t May 4, 2009

Filed under: recycling — Kirstin @ 7:50 pm
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The other day I saw a commercial for Sun Chips by FritoLay. It was advertising how their bags will be completely compostable by Earth Day 2010. The bags will be made from polyastic acid, or PLA, and will compost in 12-16 weeks at temperatures over 55 degrees F, according to Tree Hugger. Tree Hugger has obtained a bag and will be checking these facts.

Compostable Sun Chips Bag

Compostable Sun Chips Bag Commercial

Please understand that I’m not advocating junk food here. What a great day it would be if everyone ate whole foods and not processed ones. But we know that foods like Sun Chips aren’t going away any time soon many products like these are consumed around the planet daily. This is at least a step in a better direction and perhaps it will prompt other companies to implement similar packaging with their own products.

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4 Responses to “Now you see it, now you don’t”

  1. Criss Says:

    Great news!

    (Also, while Sun Chips are not health food, they are much better than the other chip alternatives… aren’t they?)

  2. Jennifer Says:

    Now I want to buy a bag just so that I can test this out.

  3. I don’t advocate junk food either, but it is interesting, I have to agree.

    Can’t wait to see what Treehugger comes up with. I’ll twitter this…think others will be interested to follow this story.


  4. Thanks for the positive feedback. I can’t tell you how much we value the responses we’ve gotten.

    An important correction around composting the bag: the bag will decompost at temperatures above 55 Celsius — not fahrenheit as noted above. That’s a big difference!

    Jennifer: want to make sure there’s no confusion. I’d love for you to buy a bag of SunChips today. Just remember the 10.5 oz bag available in stories today only has a top layer that is compostable. We are still refining the packaging so a 100% fully compostable bag won’t be on the market until 2010. However in People magazine a couple of weeks ago we did have samples of the 100% compostable material which people could compost.

    Thanks again.

    Aurora Gonzalez
    Frito-Lay North America

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