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Activists Add "Plastic Expiry Date" Stickers To Supermarket Products

by | January 27, 2020

Two environmentalists in the UK have been adding “plastic expiry date” stickers to supermarket products.

The pair — Gagandeep Jhuti and Joe Foale-Groves — are hoping to raise awareness of the environmental crisis by showing how long the products will remain on the planet.

“It’s crazy to think that all the plastic that has ever been made still won’t have degraded yet” said the creators of the stickers.

“It takes up to 1000 years for plastic to break down. Supermarkets aren’t acting fast enough to reduce plastics, so let’s help shoppers make better decisions.”

The stickers have a similar appearance to regular expiry date labels, but show how many years it will take for the packaging to break down.

Thousands of the stickers have reportedly been spotted in stores across Birmingham, London, and Manchester.

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The activists say supermarkets aren’t acting fast enough (Photo: Alma Agne/Shutterstock.com)

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The Plastic Crisis

Although some big businesses are working to respond to to the crisis, many organizations continue to contribute to the problem.

Coca Cola — one of the biggest plastic polluters in the world — recently said it would continue its use of single-use plastics because customers want them.

The drinks giant produces 200,000 bottles every minute.

Do you think most people realise how long it takes for packaging to decompose? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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