In 2009 Frito Lay came out with the bag, which was first hailed as a great thing because it was biodegradable. But it seemed the things that made it biodegradable also made it very, very loud. In fact, its decibel level was as high as a busy city street.
After many complaints, they were pulled from store shelves. But the Canadian Press reports a new version is now out -- still biodegradable, but much quieter.
For all that noise, the old bag wasn't even all that biodegradable. Consumer Reports did a test in which it put it in a home compost pile for 13 weeks. The result? -- nothing.
“The items in contact with the bag composted nicely, but the bag itself? It might decay in an ‘industrial’ compost pile, though we can't say for sure,” the report said.
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The Los Angeles Times reports that the new bags are available now, but only for the plain-flavored SunChips.