Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

47-year-old plastic bottle washes up among debris on British coast

Cary Marshall | 10 October, 2018, 07:38

The bottle was produced in 1971 but found its way on to Brean Beach in Burnham, Somerset during a storm, nearly 50 years after it was made.

"This is probably the oldest plastic we have seen", the Burnham Coastguard Rescue Team told Euronews. "It's shocking how long ... rubbish can survive and ultimately harm nature".

The bottle of dishwashing liquid is at least 47 years old, with its branding still clearly visible.

The item - spotted among seaweed at Brean beach near Burnham-on-Sea - was a Fairy Liquid bottle, whose advertising slogan decades ago touted its mild and gentle properties, particularly for your hands.

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Plastic bottles can take up to 450 years to decompose in the ocean, according to a study by non-profit group Ocean Conservancy, while a 2017 United Kingdom government report estimated that around 70% of the world's marine litter is made of plastic.

The post answered its own question, issuing a few recommendations, including urging people to join local beach clean-up efforts and to "be mindful of what we flush down our toilets, cotton buds are the worst offenders".

"Small changes by everyone can make a big difference to our attractive planet and even to our very own stretch of coast, so let's make a difference together".

There are an estimated 300 million tonnes of plastic littering the world's oceans, with more than 5 trillion plastic pieces - weighing more than 250,000 tonnes - now floating on the surface, according to marine conservation group Oceana.

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