Snack company introduces compostable bags

Tuesday, 28 September, 2021

Snack company introduces compostable bags

Frito-Lay, the large American snack manufacturer, has introduced compostable bags for its chips. They are being introduced as a pilot program for two of its Off the Eaten Path products. The compostable bags are part of PepsiCo’s (the owner of Frito-Lay) push to reduce waste and move towards a circular economy that sees more products recycled or composted and landfill-bound waste reduced. Frito-Lay is aiming to have all its bags be recyclable, compostable, biodegradable or reusable by 2025. The bags, made of plant-based ingredients, create 60% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than traditional packaging and the technology can be freely licensed by other manufacturers who may want to use it for their own products.

The composting is done via TerraCycle. Consumers will be able to return the package to a designated compost location or go to a website to organise a pre-paid shipping label that can be used to send back the bag for composting.

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