The UK’s biggest crisp brand has come under pressure to explain why it produces 7,000 non-recyclable crisp packets every minute, at their Leicester factory, fuelling the plastic waste – littering the streets and sea.
The company has pledged to make the crisp packets 100% recyclable, compostable or biodegradable by 2025, in which case they would have produced another 28 billion by then.
The shiny, foil like inside of the crisp packets are a metallised plastic film, meaning that these cannot be recycled and should be put in the rubbish bin instead of house holds putting them into recycling.
In Cornwall, beach cleaning volunteers are believed to of found old walkers packets dating from the 1980’s and 1990’s.
In British household’s crisps and crisp like snacks are eaten regularly by 90% of adults, eating there way through 6 billion packs a year.
So, let’s see the outcome in 2025… Will our plastic waste be reduced, and the sea and streets be cleaner? to be continued…