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Frito-Lay’s SunChips compostable packaging team tells all


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In April, Frito-Lay, a business unit of PepsiCo, launched the first snack bag made in part from a renewable, compostable plastic resin—polylactic acid from NatureWorks LLC (see related story at “SunChips bag is 33% PLA”). In an exclusive interview with Greener Packaging, those involved with the project discussed why Frito-Lay chose this direction to further their sustainability goals, the challenges they encountered with the new application, and what benefits they are reaping as a result.

Taking part in the interview were Tony Knoerzer, vice president of Packaging and Sustainability for Frito-Lay; Brad Rodgers, manager of Packaging and Sustainability for Frito Lay; Aurora Gonzales, with Frito-Lay’s communications department; and
Steve Davies, director of Communications and Public Affairs for NatureWorks.

In this podcast, Knoerzer and Rogers talk about how their search for sustainable packaging options led them to the development of a fully compostable snack bag, in three manageable steps. The audio clip is approximately eight minutes long.

Frito_Lay_Image.jpgA second Podcast,"Plumbing the properties of PLA for SunChips," contains details from Knoerzer and Rogers on how Frito-Lay worked with the unique properties of PLA to create a bag with the right barrier and other properties. In addition, during the six-minute clip, Davies provides insight on NatureWorks’ involvement in the project.

In the third Podcast, "Benefits of SunChips ‘three-thirds’ bag laid out," all three Frito-Lay team members, beginning with Knoerzer, talk about the environmental, cost, and marketing advantages currently accruing from this pioneering development, as well as future expectations for the project.

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