We are hearing quite a bit in the media at the moment about the efforts of governments and large corporations to ‘clean up’ our environment.
Most people would probably agree that we have treated our once pristine plant like it is a rubbish dump.
We have polluted so much of our environment that most of the stuff we eat and drink is now loaded with toxic chemicals.
But one tweet that we spotted this morning highlights precisely how much work needs to be done to clean up this planet so that future generations won’t have to deal with the toxic mess that we have left behind.
While carrying out a clean-up operation on Rhosneigr beach in Anglesey, following storm Dennis, Victoria Burfield stumbled over a ‘Toffee Crisp’ wrapper.
Noticing that the design of the wrapper looked a bit ‘vintage’, Victoria picked it up and checked out the ‘best before’ date.
To her surprise, the date on the wrapped was December 1995! Making the wrapper 25 years old!
‘Found this ancient toffee crisp wrapper on #Rhosneigr #beach after #StormDennis.
‘Look at the best before date!
‘@Nestle do you have plans to design less durable wrappers? Biodegradable and/or recyclable might last less than 25 yrs #Anglesey #2minutebeachclean #Wales #microplastics’
If 25 years have passed and this wrapper has not broken down enough to disappear, then what hope have we got of cleaning our planet up?