Blog: Dean BestNow PepsiCo UK sets out plans for 'green' crisp bags

Dean Best | 11 October 2010

After the kerfuffle with its environmentally-friendly packaging in the US, PepsiCo would be forgiven for being reluctant to make further changes to its products in the name of being green.

However, the head of PepsiCo's UK and Ireland operations has revealed that the Walkers crisps maker wants to make packets out of potato peelings.

Speaking to the BBC in an interview broadcast on Friday (11 October), Richard Evans said PepsiCo's local business was developing two concepts that were about 18 months away from hitting the market.

One was along similar lines to the compostable bags PepsiCo has developed - and partially pulled - in the US but the second project was on different lines.

"There are two really promising areas," Evans told the Today programme. "One is using FSC-certified wood that creates cellulose and using that cellulose to create the bag, which would then naturally decompose or be compostable.

"We've got some proof-of-concept stuff. It's actually loud and crackily at the moment, which is a bit of a consumer turn-off. It's probably about 18 months off."

Evans continued. "The other one and perhaps more interesting is imagining if you could make packets out of potato peelings. If you think about starch, you could matt it together. You know how sticky starch is, if you could create a layer of starch and stablise that, so that we could actually use the peelings that we've got that today go to animal feed and other recycling use, the peelings could actually be used to make a crisp packet."


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