Today at the grocery store I was trying not to buy crackers or packaged granola bars. See, I’ve been inspired by Micaela Preston’s fantastic book, Practically Green, which I will be reviewing on this site this week. As a preview, Micaela encourages readers to not buy packaged snacks, but to make them ourselves.
But then I walked by the snack aisle, and saw it. The Sun Chips bag! I quickly shoved it in my cart. Now, I know they aren’t healthy. I know they come in a crinkly bag (Michael Pollan says no to crinkly bags!). BUT—
The bag is 100 percent compostable! It will go away in my very own compost bin! How incredibly cool is that? Not one brand at our local co-op has a bag that does that. Not one brand in the healthy food section of our grocery store does that. This is truly revolutionary, and now that the technology exists, all our plastic bags should be made this way (if it is a sustainable practice– which remains to be seen).
I still agree that we should eat less processed foods of course. And I will keep trying. But most Americans won’t make crackers from scratch, or stop eating food from crinkly bags. So they all need to be compostable. Hats off to Frito-Lay for making this bold move. Now please do it with all of your snacks. And you natural food brands? Organic brands? Step it up. Frito Lay has now set the bar for compostable bag packaging– and everyone else needs to meet it as well. Excessive, irresponsible plastic use in packaging should be a thing of the past.
I’ll step off my soap box now. And I’ve really eaten enough SunChips for one day. Thank god they are almost gone, and I promise, it will be stovetop popcorn or homemade something or other tomorrow.
PS- I’ll put the bag in the compost and let you know how it turns out.