First plastic bags, then coffee cups, is it now crunch time for crisps?
by Abi Aldridge
What's Going On Here?
Campaigners have launched a petition calling on Walkers and other leading crisp brands to ditch plastic packaging.
This comes after it was found Walkers produce 10 million packets of Walkers crisps a day - all of which come in non-recyclable packaging.
What's The Problem With Crisps?
The Crisp packets are made of foil, right? Wrong! Crisp packets are deceiving and while the inside may look like foil, most packets actually made of a metallised plastic film that is currently not recyclable in the UK.
Until that ‘perfect’ packaging is found, there are small steps that brands are taking to try and reduce the plastics used to package crisps and snacks. Last year, M&S reduced the size of it’s plastic packaging by putting less air in packets, whilst KP Snacks has developed ‘flow-wrap technology’ to reduce plastic packaging by up to 190 tonnes per year.
Once You Pop...
Crisp brands say they are trying to find new ways to package crisps, with Walkers saying they’re “committed to achieving 100% recyclable, compostable or biodegradable packaging by 2025” - but that’s still a whopping 7 years away, which means potentially another 2.5 billion packets polluting our oceans.
7 years is a long time to wait for a recyclable crisp packet, so what can we do until then? Why not try making your own lunchtime or movie snacks?
From homemade popcorn, to crisps, to tortilla chips - there’s loads we can make and package ourselves.
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