Washed up in Britain: Crisp packets, beer cans, sweet packets and other pieces of rubbish we threw away 50 years ago!
- Rubbish left strewn on beaches and in the sea up to five decades ago is washing up on British beaches
- Haul of litter includes two Golden Wonder crisp packets that date back to the 1960s
- Other old packaging included Revels from 1983 and pieces of Lego from 1997
- Conservationists say it shows why we shouldn't throw rubbish into the sea
A tide of litter which was thrown into the sea 50 years ago has been washed back up on some of Britain's beaches.
Crisp packets from Golden Wonder ready salted and salt and vinegar varieties dating back to the 1960s were among the rubbish plucked from the sand, with their colouful packaging barely faded.
Their 1967 and 1968 sell-by dates were still visible despite nearly 50 years swirling around in the sea.
Other bits of retro rubbish included a packet of Revels from 1983 and Lego pieces, which were washed off a container ship in 1997.
Conservationists Surfers Against Sewage organised beach clean-up events across the country last month, collecting 25 tonnes of rubbish.
They say that the fact some of the old rubbish is in near-pristine condition after all these years illustrates how litter can float around for decades without degrading.
Dom Ferris from Surfers Against Sewage with some of the litter collected. The group organised beach clean-ups around the country
Finding this litter come on the heels of a Plymouth University study that revealed human litter has been found clogging up some of world's most remote sea beds