I thought I would share with you a funny story that has been ongoing for the past 9 months or so here at 47 Daisies. I will avoid company names for fear of backlash but I am sure you can catch on :)
I was pleased as punch about a year ago to see that some large companies are now producing their products with a conscience. The latest trend is to "Go Green" and some companies large and small are trying to latch onto this trend regardless of the reason.
We have all indulged in the guilty pleasure of eating potato chips or corn chips at one point in our lives or another. They seem to be a staple of the American diet (for better or worse) but I think they are here to stay. I was very excited when commercials started airing that one brand of chips had produced a "compostable" chip bag. I immediately had to try it out and bought a bag. I proceeded to eat the chips inside and then took the bag out to the compost pile and threw it in! All my guilt associated with eating the chips melted away because at least I was now not contributing as much to our landfills.
The pile was turned about every two weeks and each time I would find the bag and see that it wasn't exactly composting????? This continued for a couple of months and eventually my compost pile was finished and was ready for the garden beds.......BUT I still had the bag (uncomposted??). I started to wonder......is their claim correct? Is this bag really compostable????
Well the compost got put on one of our garden beds last fall (and so went the bag) and then a cover crop was sowed. This spring the cover crop was tilled under and low and behold.......the bag appeared AGAIN!! I moved on to planting and forgot about the bag.....now incorporated into the soil. I thought for sure that all the beneficial microbes in the soil would take make quick work of the "compostable bag." This very bed got planted in tomatoes about a month after the cover crop was tilled under and there was the bag......poking up from the soil STILL! Tomatoes have been in for over a month now and the entire bed has now been mulched with 6 inches of hay........and the bag remains..........
Will the bag ever "compost?" This experiment may take a very, very, very long time........ so my immediate advice is.........Don't plan on making a compost pile solely of "compostable" chip bags and expect garden nutrients from them any time soon!!!!
Here is to hoping that the infamous chip bag will eventually feed some plant!!
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )