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September 23, 2021
Frito-Lay® Launches Industrially Compostable Bags with Off The Eaten Path® Brand; Advances in Goal to Design 100% of Packaging to be Recyclable, Compostable, Biodegradable or Reusable across Portfolio by 2025
PLANO, Texas, Sept. 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo® and leader in snacking, today introduced an industrially compostable bag for its Off The Eaten Path® brand.
The bags are currently available at Whole Foods Market and select retailers starting this month and are an example of PepsiCo's investments in breakthrough food packaging technology and the overall pep+ transformation. Producing the materials used for these bags creates approximately 60 percent lower GHG emissions than traditional packaging and the technology may be licensed to other companies at no cost to further the use across the consumer-packaged goods industry.
"Frito-Lay recognizes the important role we play in driving towards a circular economy and reducing packaging waste," said David Allen, vice president of sustainability, Frito-Lay North America. "We are investing in plans to scale circular food packaging that is recyclable, compostable, biodegradable or reusable and sharing that technology to build a more sustainable food system for us all."
Off the Eaten Path® Composting Program
Off The Eaten Path prides itself on being a brand passionate about developing tasty snacks made with real ingredients consumers can feel good about like peas, chickpeas, and black beans that are better for people and for our planet.
As part of our journey on developing snacks better for the planet, Off the Eaten Path is piloting industrially compostable packaging. The packaging, which is primarily made from non-food, plant-based sources, is available on specially marked Off The Eaten Path Chickpea Veggie Crisps or Off The Eaten Path Veggie Crisps.
In order to send the packaging to be composted, consumers are invited to sign up on the TerraCycle program page at https://www.terracycle.com/en-US/brigades/off-the-eaten-path-compost where they are given the choice to either mail in the packaging using the provided prepaid shipping label or locate a local composting drop-off location via the easy-to-use database.
"Since our founding, TerraCycle has made it our mission to 'Eliminate the Idea of Waste' and provide consumers with a simple process to responsibly dispose of the packaging generated from the items they use and consume every day," said Tom Szaky, founder and CEO of TerraCycle. "Through this composting program, consumers can demonstrate their respect for the environment by taking an active role in the end-of-life processing of their favorite brand of chip."
"Everyone can play an important role in bringing positive change for our planet," said Marissa Solis, senior vice president of marketing, Frito-Lay North America. "We see these new, industrially compostable Off The Eaten Path bags as an easy way for consumers to forge a new path forward in creating a world where packaging never becomes waste."
As an added incentive, Off The Eaten Path brand will also donate $1 to Ocean Conservancy for every specially marked industrially compostable bag returned to TerraCycle by May 30, 2022, up to $192,000.
"We are thrilled to team up with Off The Eaten Path with the launch of these new, compostable bags," said Edith Cecchini, Project Director, Corporate Strategy & Policy, Ocean Conservancy. " Packaging design innovations such as this will move us a little closer to a circular economy, and an ocean free of trash."
Geoff Giordano | Jan 24, 2022
NatureWorks Sets up New Headquarters, Expands Biopolymers R&D Lab
Plastics' impact on climate change drives demand for biopolymers
The biopolymers business is good for NatureWorks — so good that the company is opening a new headquarters and advanced research facility in Plymouth, MN, in addition to a manufacturing complex in Thailand to produce its Ingeo PLA material.
At its new US headquarters, “expanded laboratory capabilities will support research into the full circular lifecyle of Ingeo biopolymers from next-generation fermentation technology to new applications to increased functionality,” according to the company’s press release. “The expanded R&D capabilities will also support the construction and operation of NatureWorks’ new fully integrated Ingeo PLA manufacturing complex located in Thailand. With an expected opening in 2024, the facility will have an annual capacity of 75,000 tons of Ingeo biopolymer and produce the full portfolio of Ingeo grades.”
Plastics' impact on climate change drives demand for biopolymers
Several factors are driving demand for biopolymers, according to Leah Ford, Senior Global Marketing Communications Manager for NatureWorks. This is particularly true given increased scrutiny of the impact of plastics on greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.
This focus has increased demand for “compostable biopolymers, which can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions when used in food-related applications,” Ford noted. “For example, when made into a compostable tea bag or compostable garbage bag, these biopolymers help facilitate food waste diversion from landfills and incineration.”
April 27, 2021 PRESS RELEASE
NatureWorks and IMA Announce New Strategic Partnership for the Compostable Coffee Pods Market
Ingeo Newsletter Volume 14, Issue 5 September 2019
How Commercial Composting Works!
Video by fellow New Plastics Economy participants Novamont, PepsiCo, and Unilever does a really great job of explaining how commercial composting works, the high standards/testing that goes into certifying products as compostable, and how littering is not composting. Take a look!
PepsiCo notes: PepsiCo is working to make our packaging 100% recyclable, compostable, or biodegradable by 2025. So, what is compostable packaging? How is it composted? And why is it good for the environment? This short video gives an overview of the environmental benefits of compostable packaging, the labeling and certification systems, and proper disposal practices. This video was created in collaboration by PepsiCo, Milan Urban Food Policy Pact, Novamont, Seattle Public Utilities, Amsa, NFL, and Unilever.
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