Jan, at Thanks for Today, was having a contest/giveaway to promote Earth Day, April 22, 2010, and sustainable living.
As I noted in my New Year's post, Sun Chips has announced that they will be selling their chips in "100% compostable" bags starting on Earth Day. VIS managed to find an early released one of them last week, and, thanks to the boy and his ever-expanding appetite, the bag has been emptied. I put it on the compost pile yesterday. Here it is tucked in so that it doesn't blow away. (Yes, that's snow in the compost bin.)
I will be checking on the bag periodically throughout the growing season and reporting on its progress. I'm hoping this type of packaging will catch on and that soon, every chip package will be compostable. Imagine the huge reduction in garbage that would result. (I'm imagining how much will be reduced just from my household. A preteen boy in a growth spurt eats a lot of chips.) We're going to be buying only Sun Chips until other chip companies start packaging their chips in compostable bags. I encourage everyone who buys chips to do the same. Money talks, and we can make a difference.
We already recycle all we can, use cloth bags for shopping, drink water from the tap, walk or ride a bicycle instead of drive when we can, and use low wattage light bulbs. We're also looking into installing solar panels on the roof.
*Jan extended the contest to April 15, so there's still time to participate. (Thanks, Kylee for alerting me to that.)