Off The Eaten Path® Composting Program - FAQ

Compost select Off The Eaten Path commercially compostable snack bags through this program.

Specially marked Off the Eaten Path® commercially compostable snack bags.

Yes, this national composting program is brand-specific, which means you can only send in packaging from this particular brand.

Off the Eaten Path snack bags are made from PLA. PLA (polylactic acid) is a type of plastic made from plants. It’s made from corn or sugars and is designed to break down in an industrial composting site at a similar rate to other known compostable materials like paper, food waste and yard trimmings. 

Composting is a process in which natural products decay into compost, which is a fine material that can be used to naturally fertilize soil.

Because PLA is a bioplastic, it’s designed to be composted and converted into soil to help grow plants. Please don't recycle PLA through your curbside program — search the map for a local composting solution or compost it through this program.

For every Off The Eaten Path commercially compostable snack bag you send us between July 1, 2021 through May 30, 2022, Off The Eaten Path will donate $1 to Ocean Conservancy to help nurture the planet! (up to $192,000).

No, your shipment can be any weight. Your shipment may also be any weight for this program to donate $1 to the Ocean Conservancy for every bag sent. We encourage you to ship when your box is full to minimize the transportation carbon footprint for this program.

No, you do not need to clean the packaging before sending it in to TerraCycle, but please remove as much of the remaining product as possible before shipping. UPS will not accept dripping packages, so make sure your items are dry.

Each Off the Eaten Path compostable snack bag will be counted based on an average unit weight of .012 pounds each.