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article imageCrisp packets made from plants coming and going

By Lynn Curwin     Oct 9, 2010 in Business
While it was announced that environmentally-friendly crisp packets, made from potato peelings, could soon be on shop shelves across the UK, a North American company cut back on its use of compostable snack bags.
Walkers hopes to be using the potato-based bags, which they are currently developing, within 18 months.
The Leicester-based company had created bags using cellulose from wood pulp, but they were afraid that the bags were so crackly it might put off customers.
"In reality, if you think about starch - and you know how sticky starch is - if you could mass it together you could create a layer of starch and stabilise that,” Richard Evans, president of parent company PepsiCo UK, told BBC.
"We could use the peelings we have, that today go to animal feed and other recycling uses, to be turned into crisp packets."
The new bags would also be naturally compostable.
Walkers the UK's biggest crisp maker, makes 10 million bags of the snacks every day.
In North America, Frito Lay is now taking a step backwards when it comes to environmentally-friendly packaging.
About 18 months ago the company began using compostable bags, made of plants, for their Sun Chips. This month is was announced that they were going back to the original bag for five of their six flavours until they can develop a quieter eco-friendly bag.
“While there was a huge amount of enthusiasm surrounding the launch of our compostable SunChips bag, we've also received feedback regarding how the new packaging has affected the consumer experience, including its noise,” says the company’s web site.
Apparently, a quieter bag outranks environmental concerns for many people.
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