40 year old reminder of a ‘throwaway culture’

1970s yoghurt pot

1970s yoghurt pot washed up on UK beach

An example of a plastic item we all use has resurfaced forty years after it was first purchased. Faded and cracked but still largely intact, this yoghurt pot dating back to the 1970s has only just washed up onto a British beach – a symbol of the abiding legacy of our throwaway culture.

The lettering remains clear on the pot despite the fact that it was bought from a Tesco store 40 years ago for 11p. Discovered in Teignmouth, Devon,  the pot was among 25 tonnes of rubbish cleared off beaches by volunteers in a  four-day blitz.

The collection of deadly flotsam also included thousands of Lego pieces washed off a container ship in 1997, a TV, a set of dentures, a plastic chicken and thousands of plastic bags.

Tim Andrewes, councillor on Cornwall County Council, said: ‘The discovery of the yoghurt pot just shows how far and for how long this stuff travels as well as how long it takes to degrade – if it ever does.

‘It’s not just the effect of what gets washed up but the animals that ingest the plastic.

‘It is frightening what is found in their stomachs.

Plastic Bags are particularly bad, they are easy for mammals to mistake for food and to swallow.

Read the full article @ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-25-tonnes-rubbish-cleared-UK-beaches

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