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Frito Lay Canada Unveils 100% Compostable Chip Bag

By GreenCompany | February 3, 2010

Often the source of litter near any convenience store, the ubiquitous chip bag has now gone 100% compostable. Now you can eat snacks that are only bad for your diet and not the environment!

Frito Lay Canada with their SunChips brand snack chips unveiled new packaging for the product that may just change the way Canadians look, feel and think of packaged foods and their impact on the environment. Product packaging doesn’t need to be a one way trip to the local landfill once opened anymore.


In as little as fourteen weeks, the new product packaging will completely break down into compost. The original material is made from more than 90% renewable, plant-based materials. After much research and testing this environmentally friendly consumer packaging material was ready for consumers. It is made from compostable polymer made from starch.

The new bags were screened and approved by the Biodegradable Products Institute. This means you can indeed put your empty chip bag into your home compost heap or send it off with other organic material for recycling and further use. Look for the products on your store shelves in March 2010.

Frito Lay Canada has also worked hard to become a leaner, greener company. In this endeavor they have reduced their overall fuel consumption, and they introduced streamlined recycling programs which have reused approximately 30 million shipping cartons per year since 1999. Not only that, Frito Lay Canada has saved some 5.4 billion litres of water via changes in their manufacturing plants.

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