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Wednesday, June 16, 2010


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Wow, this is a great experiment. And a good way to call out a company's marketing hype (if that is really all this is for Sunchips.)

I really want it to work!! I'm crossing my fingers that it's not just a greenwashing trick to make the company seem eco-friendly. Sun Chips is owned by Frito-Lay, which is a huge company, so that doesn't sound too promising...

i kept a piece of the bag to try in my backyard too!

Hey Martina, We totally use our garden mill to compost our chip bags. We cut it into small strips like you did. Ours composts in two weeks. I like that they're up front about it having to be a 'hot' compost...a lot of the supposed compostable packaging doesn't mention that. We did an experiment and put the bag in our outdoor bin and it's been two months and looks almost exactly the same! The heat makes a huge difference. I totally think it will work in less than 14 weeks.

Wow thats really cool, cant wait to see the results. I wonder if thats the same material that is used to make those "plastic looking" cups that they have at some festivals.

Amy, let me know how it works for you! The packaging specifically says it needs a hot, active culture bin so it might not work in your backyard compost pile, but I'm curious to see if anything happens to it. Keep us updated!

Hows the bag looking after a month?

As I'm posting this, the countdown clock above says there are 38 days left in the decomposition of the bag, but guess what- it's already gone! Totally entirely decomposed in the composter!

I'm sure there are smaller particles of the bag that I can't see, and those are the pieces that still need 38 more days to fully decompose. But as for what I can see with my own eyes, it looks like dirt. Very cool, Sun Chips!

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