Popular UK crisps brand, Walkers, is facing increasing pressure over its packaging. It is estimated that the company produces more than 7,000 non-recyclable crisp packets every minute, with a recent analysis by 38 Degrees revealing that the company is set to produce an additional 28 billion plastic crisp packets by 2025. This is the same timeline in which the company has previously pledged to make its crisp packets 100% recyclable, compostable or biodegradable.
Meanwhile, a recent Mintel report suggests UK shoppers alone consume 6bn packets of crisps a year. That is a lot of plastic waste.
Crisp packets have been found intact after 33 years. Imagine during that time the effect on wildlife and the environment. At todays consumption rate in 33 years time there will be 200 billion crisp packets either sent to landfill or polluting our oceans. Many will be ingested by animals, fish or birds leading to a slow lingering death.
Currently, a 38 Degrees petition calling on Walkers and other manufacturers to adopt sustainable packaging has more than 300,000 signatures.