Because this is a blog, I can entitle the post “Come on, people!” if that’s how I’m really feeling. Sometimes informality is a gift.
On the heels of the Telluride bag-banning triumph comes the news that Frito Lay plans to discontinue its biodegradable SunChips bag because consumers complain that the stiffer, plant-based packaging is too loud.
Obviously, transformative change needs to come from large companies, because their environmental imprint is the most colossal. Individuals can work to make sustainable choices, but usually on a much smaller scale.
But you can’t blame the large company for its massive amounts of waste if the consumer threatens to discontinue use of its product. Frito Lay is profit-based, after all.
I found two facebook groups supporting a switch back to plastic packaging that will most likely spend 300 years or more in the ocean before photodegrading. “Sorry but I can’t hear you over the Sunchips Bag” has 672 “likes” and “I don’t care if it’s biodegradable, the Sunchips bag is way too loud!” has “150” likes (less funny).
I “liked” “Keep the biodegradable Sunchips bag,” along with 463 others. It’s unlikely Frito Lay will keep this packaging, but at least we can send a message that we support development of a more consumer-friendly biodegradable bag.
According to Yahoo! Finance, more and more companies are working to develop sustainable packaging. They will all take a lesson from the SunChips effort.
I just have one more thing I want to say: Pour the chips into a bowl, people.