Follow along with our little experiment to see how long it take for a Sun Chips Eco-Bag to decompose if just left out in the environment.
Please note: You may wonder why this is not in a compost pile like the website instructs. Well, I don’t have one, I use my woods as one big compost pile. So this test is to replicate if the bag was to just fall along the road or be left at a park or something. (Am I taking this too seriously?) Check out the progression below.
Day 175. BIG NEWS!
Big News! Frito-Lay has announced the end of production of the SunChips Eco-Bag. BOOOO!
USA Today story: http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/food/2010-10-05-sunchips05_ST_N.htm?csp=usat.me
At first I was very disappointed, but as seen from my own test. It didn’t seem to work that well anyway. However I am disappointed to hear that so many people would be so whiny to complain that the Bag “was to loud”. Really. That is sad. Are we that spoiled by our Hyper-Consuming practices that we can’t handle a extra crinkly potato chip bag? In fact, USA Today goes on to say:
“The noise of the bag — due to an unusual molecular structure that makes the bag more rigid — has been compared to everything from lawnmowers to jet engines. There’s even an active Facebook group with more than 44,000 friends that goes by the name of “SORRY BUT I CAN’T HEAR YOU OVER THIS SUN CHIPS BAG” -USA Today
Wow, have we this much time on our hands. Are all the other problems in the world solved to the point we can make such a fuss about a potato chips bag?
Lastly, an indy artist friend of mine Matt Black (www.mjblack.com) says that he likes the bag and is planning on using it as an percussion instrument at his next live performance. So see, There is advantages to having a “too loud” potato chip bag. No amplification needed.
Anyway. Here is my latest photo our our little bag. Still looks the same. I will report back next spring and maybe some actual decomposition will have happened by then.
Well it has been nearly 3 months since we put the Sunchips bag out in the elements. NOT MUCH Difference. I had to pull back the leaves and there is even a tiny vine growing near it. In fact, I would have had a hard time finding the spot if it was not marked. I looked under the bag and No visible change, not even where it was pressed in the dirt. Little disappointed. On the top part of the bag it looks like the hole has grown, but it is just dirt stuck on the top. So, Hardly no decomposition. But again, I am not using a compost pile. I wanted to test how it would naturally break down if it just fell along the road as litter. Check back in a month or so and see what has progressed.
Well it has been almost a month. A pile of leaves was covering the bag now. I uncovered them to take the picture and then put them back. There wasn’t much change since the last picture. However I did realize later that there may be something more going on under the bag. I will check that next time. Check back in a month or so to see the progression.
After some major rain the bag looks a little faded and more crinkled but that is all.
Please note: You may wonder why this is not in a compost pile like the website instructs. Well, I don’t have one, I use my woods as one big compost pile. So this test is to replicate if the bag was to just fall along the road or be left at a park or something. (Am I taking this too seriously?)
You may have heard about Sun Chips new biodegradable chip bag. We are very excited about this new Eco-bag and Sun Chips are now Mr Stinky’s favorite chips. But in the nature of science and in honor of Earth Day 2010, we decided to do our own little test.
We will update this every few week, so tune in to find out how quickly the cool new Sun Chips Eco-bag returns to the earth.
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