In Eco-Friendly Factory, Low-Guilt Potato Chips

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In Eco-Friendly Factory, Low-Guilt Potato Chips - New York Times

Frito-Lay is making a plan to change the way this factory operates, and in the process, create a new type of snack: the environmentally benign chip.

At Frito-Lay’s factory here, more than 500,000 pounds of potatoes arrive every day from New Mexico to be washed, sliced, fried, seasoned and portioned into bags of Lay’s and Ruffles chips. The process devours enormous amounts of energy, and creates vast amounts of wastewater, starch and potato peelings...

Its goal is to take the Casa Grande plant off the power grid, or nearly so, and run it almost entirely on renewable fuels and recycled water. Net zero, as the concept is called, has the backing of the highest levels of corporate executives at PepsiCo, the parent company of Frito-Lay.