: Frito-Lay is dropping their 100% compostable Sun Chips snacks, not out
of any concern over whether the bags actually decompose (they do, in an
estimated 14 weeks), but because they're insanely loud. Apparently the
crinkling is louder than the average potato chip bag -- as proven here
-- and sales have dropped 11% since hitting shelves in January.
Video bloggers have taken to the airwaves with their complaints, among them a pilot who likened it to a jet cockpit mid-flight.
Okay, we think that's a stretch, but it's true the bag is louder than
most. Even so, has a loud pretzel or ruffled chip ever stopped us from
Amy Epstein, managing director of the Americas at ABI marketing public
relations, explains that a company's decision to go sustainable involves
evaluating how much a consumer is willing to sacrifice for a green
product. In this case, she says, if the average consumer were a bit more
interested in sustainability, maybe they wouldn't mind the sound. Or
maybe Frito-Lay should have tested it out more thoroughly during market
research. Companies also have retailers pushing for sustainable
products, which they believe is a growing market -- so "there's been a
slight shift of focus away from the consumer," says Epstein.
ABI helps sustainable-packaging companies meet their market, so she does
applaud the company for raising awareness. This move doesn't mean there
won't be another compostable chip bag, just maybe one that isn't so