A fifty-year-old crisp packet was last Sunday discovered by a young lady at a Devon beach clean in North Devon.
The historic crisp, suspected to have ben packaged in the 1960s, was in a great condition.
The young lady who discovered the crisp is one of the 188 volunteers who were out to help clean the famous beach as part of a three-monthly scheme run by Plastic Free North Devon, Christies Estates, Saunton Beach Enterprises and Surfers Against Sewage (SAS).
According to Anne-Marrie Eveleigh of the Plastic North Devon, “The crisp packet was found by a child who was helping with the beach clean. It was completely intact.
“All the plastic and glass bottles plus cans were being counted as part of the Surfers Against Sewage bottle deposit scheme data collection.
“SAS is calling on the government for a bottle deposit scheme and all our data plus data from cleans over the rest of the country will be used to prove it is necessary.”
At least 105 bottles, 10 tetra packs, 666 cans and 479 plastic bottles including a 130k of other rubbish were collected from the cleaning exercise.
Martin Kennaugh, chairman of plastic free Barnstaple and Barnstaple Councillor said, “The level of support from the people of Barnstaple and beyond was amazing – we had all ages helping out, with lots of families working together to collect rubbish, as well as individuals, couples and a few dogs.
According to Claire Moodie of the Plastic Free North Devon, “The level of support we are receiving at all our events and cleans is indicative of the social shift that this plastic free movement is creating and I am very excited that North Devon is driving this forward.”