There’s no denying the fact that I am a SERIOUS foodie! At times this results in me being a serious junk-foodie as well.
Needless to say, when junk food starts coming in compostable bags it’s inevitable that I’m going to be all over it like a Red Worm on a horse turd!
I first learned about the new compostable Sun Chips bags while flipping through one of my eco-gardening magazines (if I remember correctly). It was only a matter of days later that my wife showed up (after a grocery shopping expedition) with a bag of Sun Chips in hand and a big smile on her face. She is wise in the ways of the worm man, and knows the best way to my heart is through my stomach and my compost heap.
So what’s the dealio with these bags, anyway?
Let’s start with the propaganda on the package (ok I’m just kidding, ‘Sun Chips marketing people’!)…
Here are some of the interesting bits of info I found:
“You’re holding the world’s first 100% compostable chip bag of its kind. It’s made from more than 90% renewable, plant-based materials and it breaks down completely into compost in a hot, active compost pile.”
So, what does it do in a mesophilic (cooler) worm composting bed?
That’s what I’m planning to find out!
WARNING: Do NOT purchase this product if you have ANY desire to keep your chip eating habits under the radar! If you try and eat chips from this bag in the middle of the night while everyone else is sleeping you WILL be found out! Not only is this the world’s first compostable chip bag, but I’m pretty sure it’s the loudest bag on the face of the planet!
They even have a warning on the bag!
“This bag is a little noisy because it’s made from compostable materials”
I laughed when I first read that. I mean c’mon, how loud can a chip bag really be? Seriously!
Ok – let’s get a bit more serious here. I don’t have any complex plans for trying to compost this bag. I won’t be employing any secret ninja worm composting techniques to try and speed up the process. I simply want to see IF it will break down in a worm bed, and if so, how long this will take.
All I did was dig a hole in my big wooden worm bin (in my yard) – which is absolutely loaded with Red Worms at the moment – then covered it back up.
I bought another bag (for experimental purposes!!!), and will likely put it in one of my windrow beds to see if there is any difference!
Unleashing the Red Worm horde! Each arrow represents a worm I was able to find in the picture (kind like a game of “Find Waldo Wormy”) – plenty more where those came from!
My prediction is that if this bag does break down, it will take a fair bit longer than the 13 weeks shown on the chip bag. I’ve added plenty of compostable “BioBags” to my systems over the last couple of years, and they are fairly slow to break down under normal worm composting conditions.
Whatever the case may be, it should be fun! And that’s what counts!