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Pope joins UN call for immediate global cease-fire

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Crunch time for Walkers as use of unrecyclable packets is criticised

Catholic environmentalists have warned Walkers that it’s “crunch time” as they urged the snack food manufacturer to listen to their customers and pack in their unrecyclable crisp packets.

Dr Edward Echlin, an eco-theologian and Honorary Fellow at Leeds Trinity University, has encouraged Catholic Universe readers to back calls for the company to switch to recyclable packaging as soon as possible.

The campaign hit headlines recently after protesters posted empty crisp packets back to Walkers, but the Royal Mail warned people to stop doing this after it hit postal services.

However, Ellen Teague, of the Columban Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation, pointed out that Royal Mail’s plea had further highlighted the issue.

“The Royal Mail request has only served to highlight the issue. Walkers crisp bags are made from metallised plastic film and are not recyclable.

“They can be found in hedgerows and fields even three decades after use. Perhaps now Walkers will look seriously into using recyclable materials, and well before 2025.

“With many packets made from metallised plastic film, they last an absurdly long time considering how quickly their contents are consumed. Its crunch time for Walkers to decide if they will listen to their customers and do their bit to clean up our common home – Earth,” Mrs Teague added.

Picture: An empty packet of crisps. (Richard Sellers/PA).

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