SunChips Compostable Bag Weekly Update #3

Just a quick update today!  Two posts in one day is tough for me!

Data and Observations:

Pretty cool stuff is happening to the piece of the bag that ripped away from the bigger piece of the bag…see, I can’t write two posts in one day.  My brain can’t take it.  Everything comes out jumbled.  Take a look at the picture.  The silver glow on the inside of the piece is fading and the blue outer color is being exposed.  Looks like a layer is breaking down.

The temperature in the bin is about the same from last week, 42F.  The outside temperature has fluctuated from about 20F-40F.

That’s about it!  no big whoooop!

Excited to see what happens with the SunChips bag!

I am pumped and ready to put the SunChips bag to the challenge.  I am not too concerned with the amount of time it will take for the bag to be completely composted.  I am more focused on the hope that it will just break down into usable compost.

As an avid composter for about 6 years, I know all of the right conditions need to be present for the optimum breakdown to occur, adding the right amount of brown and green waste and also reaching the right temperature.  These conditions, I believe only happen in a controlled environment.  The Sunchips bags were tested in a facility which maintained the composting temperature at 130 degrees Fahrenheit.  The bags broke down in about 12-16 weeks.  Realizing a home composter would not have access to those conditions, the SunChips testers mimicked a home composting bin and added browns and green waste to the SunChips bags.  The bags broke down in about 13 weeks.  They also conducted an Industrial Composting Standards test which is way beyond my backyard so I am not going to discuss all that they did…….
Basically, they passed a rigorous test protocol conducted by Cedar Grove in Seattle, Washington.

So, I am going to try two different composting methods, maybe even 3, depending on SunChip cravings!
1)  Red Wiggler composting Bin
2)  Backyard compost pile
3)  Compost tumbler

All of these are already set up with brown and green waste.  Temperatures will vary among the three.

I am thrilled SunShips created this compostable bag and am excited to see the results.

Happy Wormin’

Kind of bummed about the SunChips bags..and it’s not because they are loud!

I’ve heard the upset about the SunChips compostable bags being too loud and disturbing.  I’ve read blogs and viewed videos but haven’t had my own experience so I decided to purchase a bag last week.  Yes, I agree they are very loud indeed.  They are loud enough to wake a sleeping husband on the couch and probably loud enough to wake a sleeping baby.

I am really not upset with the fact that the bags are noisy.  I am more upset that Frito-Lay had to switch back to the plastic bags and do away with the compostable bags with 5 of their 6 chip flavors, keeping the compostable bag limited to the Original flavor.

I do understand Frito-Lay needs to listen to it’s customers in order for the business to survive.  They are working on a better, and I am sure quieter compostable bag.  I am just bummed that the consumers couldn’t hold out until the new bag was made rather than forcing Frito-Lay to change back to plastic.
Does the consumer buy so many bags of SunChips for the noise to be that annoying?