Don’t Blame Canada


I lamented the demise of the eco-friendly SunChips bag last month, a relatively trivial issue but one that I think is indicative of chip-eating Americans’ unwillingness to accept even the slightest discomfort for the good of the environment. The noisy bags were simply too much for us to bear, leading Frito Lay to bag the bags. But it looks like our neighbors to the north are keeping them.

The company’s Canadian division posted this public service announcement from sustainability chief Helmi Ansari letting citizens know they are keeping the compostable bags up north. It seems Canucks are OK with “a little more noise for a little less waste.”

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  • Kate Sheppard was a staff reporter in Mother Jones' Washington bureau from 2009 to 2013. She is now a senior reporter and the energy and environment editor at The Huffington Post. She can be reached by email at kate (dot) sheppard (at) huffingtonpost (dot) com and you can follow her on Twitter @kate_sheppard.