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Self portrait with potato chip bag.

Yesterday I didn’t pack lunch. Instead of grabbing a salad, I ordered a tuna sandwich — more calories but less garbage in the form of plastic containers. I didn’t think about whether or not the tuna they were mixing up  was dolphin safe,  (but if you are interested  Earth Island has an updated list of which brands are).

I was mostly thinking comfort food. I ate so many tuna sandwiches when I was a kid, I developed an allergy to tuna in my teens. As I was checking out, I was swayed by the lovely display of overpriced potato chips sitting by the cash register. There’s nothing I love more with a tuna sandwich than potato chips. Before I knew it, I had bought them.

After the sandwich was eaten, the last deliciously greasy chip demolished and the crumbs swept into my work garbage, I stared at the bag. I couldn’t just throw it away. When I held it,  I could tell it was never going to decompose — I could feel it in my bones.

I started digging around the internet to see if there was any info on potato chip bags. I mean, I know they were no SunChips, but maybe there was some hope or some place to recycle them. So  far no luck. Here’s what I did find about Miss Vickie’s kettle cooked chips:

According to the pack, Miss Vickie’s is distributed by Frito Lay. After a little bit more digging around, I found that they are a Canadian company originally from Ontario. And according to Wikipedia:

“Miss Vickie’s unique packaging was custom created by Mobil Chemical Canada Ltd., of Belleville, Ontario. It was created not only to improve the look of the package, but also for its better sealability and moisture and oxygen barrier.”

I wasn’t excited to find out that they my little slip sent a dollar vote both to both the food corporate giant Frito Lays and to Mobile. Plus, the bag is probably a petroleum-based innovation.

Ok. So know I’m stuck with my bag. It’s pretty durable. I could probably use it to hold other stuff. (Not that I need another bag like that). Another option is Terracycle takes Frito Lay chip bags — I’m checking to see if they’ll take this brand. Not sure on that either.

If you can’t beat it, wear it?
Meanwhile I found this fun art project  for making a bracelet out of potato chip bags. They said it was a kind of recycling — which I guess it is. The kids would probably like it. One of the sites said not to use the fun size, maybe I can make a ring?

Maybe, but until I know exactly what that Miss Vickie’s bag is made of, I’m not sure I’d pop it in the oven with my kids watching.

Links to chip bag bracelet art project:





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