The £3 meal deal is a British institution, feeding workers from across the nation for just a few quid.
When considering the options for your dinner combination of a sandwich, snack and drink – obviously you go for the most expensive things on the shelves to try and cheat the system – you might take a look at the expiry date to see if you’ve got the freshest things available.
While this is a good idea, some new expiry dates that have started appearing in supermarkets might make you think twice about what you purchase.
The plastic expiry dates are appearing on single use plastic meal deal packaging, as a way to raise awareness of how what we purchase affects the planet.
Designed by advertising creatives Gagandeep Jhuti and Joe Foale-Groves, over a thousand stickers have been used around supermarkets in London this month – the stickers have also been turning up around the country now, as shoppers start spreading the word themselves.
While working on adverts for supermarkets, the pair noticed a disparity between how these companies claimed to be doing their bit for the environment, and the reality of their single-use plastic usage in-store.
Shockingly, it’s predicted that single-use plastic takes between 500 and 1,000 years to break down, meaning pretty much every bit of plastic that’s been created is probably still out there in some form – the first plastic was invented in 1907.
Gagandeep and Joe told UNILAD: “So, imagine this. It’s the year 3019. Animals can now be tried in court. The prisons are overflowing with pigeons. You are no longer around. But the plastic water bottle you bought with your meal deal in 2020 has finally started to decompose. Even if the future isn’t quite as weird as that, it is true that your meal deal could be pretty much immortal.
“At the moment we’ve been sneaking Plastic Expiry Date stickers onto meal deal items ourselves since the start of January, but loads of people have asked to join us in spreading stickers to their local supermarkets.
“The ultimate goal would be for supermarkets to add the Plastic Expiry Date to packaging themselves, as well as hurrying to reduce single-use plastic packaging from their shelves.”
The aim of the project is to make people stop and reconsider what they’re purchasing, and maybe put back that single-use plastic in a bid to help the environment – or at the very least recycle it.
Cancun offering free hotels, food and theme park entry to encourage tourism
This is amazing!!
Cancun is offering tourists hotel and meal freebies in efforts to entice people to the resort.
If you’ve been dreaming of the chance to get away when this all blows over how about some freebies in Cancun?! A new campaign which involves more than 200 firms in Cancun will launch on June 15th, which is based around the number two.
People can expect prizes such as two free nights for every two nights booked, or a free stay for two children when two adults book.
There will also be golf, theme park and hire car giveaways in the new campaign, designed to get the area back on its feet after the coronavirus crisis.
It’s not just Cancun either, tourist-orientated businesses in the resorts of Puerto Morelos and Tulum, and the Caribbean island of Isla Mujeres, eight miles off the coast of Cancun, are also expected to take part.
Roberto Cintron, President of the Cancun, Puerto Morelos and Isla Mujeres Hotels Association, said: “We are very happy and above all, committed because of the great participation in this campaign of the different state hotel associations as well as the tourist industry generally.
“It’s designed to reactivate holidays to our destinations after the crisis caused by Covid-19.”
Oliver Reinhart, CEO of Mexican firm Atelier de Hoteles, which has luxury all-inclusive hotels in Cancun and Playa Mujeres, told local media: “In the face of this atypical situation, we had to react to maintain our spectacular destinations in the forefront of tourists’ minds.”
He added: “This is why we proposed the implementation of a disruptive idea and creation of a campaign of great impact. We are convinced the formula to reactivate tourism is working together.
“The campaign is not about cheating the destination to a two for one. Cancun is worth what it is. If it’s now available at a cheaper price take advantage of it because it’s not going to last forever.”
And if you’re feeling really lucky there is also the chance to win holidays for 20 years for two within the campaign.
The offer is promoted under the hashtag #Come2MexicanCaribbean and will start in June 2020.
National Trust is reopening some parks and gardens from June 3rd
The National Trust has announced it will start to reopen some of its gardens and parks from June 3rd with new restrictions in place.
This morning’s announcement will see 29 sites across England and Northern Ireland open their doors, after being closed for 10 weeks.
The UK government currently allows day trips with no distance restrictions, but this is only in England and it’s not the same for Scotland and Wales.
While the parks and gardens will welcome guests from next month there will be limitations on the capacity number, meaning only a third of the normal number of visitors will be allowed and they must social distance.
As for facilities, shops and houses will remain closed until further notice. This also includes some cafes and toilets. Sites in Wales will remain closed.
A new online booking system has launched today that allows guests to pre-book their visits, which is now compulsory. You can book one ticket per person excluding children under 5 and select a 30 minute arrival time slot for the day.
If you are more than 10 minutes late you will lose your slot.
The length of time you are allowed to stay varies between locations so it’s worth double-checking.
The parks are also offering priority to key workers with the first and last slots of the day as a ‘thank you for all they have done’.
Full List of the National Trust sites reopening:
- Corfe Castle, Dorset
- Kingston Lacy, Dorset
- Killerton, Devon
- Lacock, Wiltshire
- Attingham Park, Shropshire
- Belton House, Lincolnshire
- Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire
- Calke Abbey, Derbyshire
- Hardwick, Derbyshire
London and the South East
- Cliveden, Buckinghamshire
- Hinton Ampner, Hampshire
- Mottisfont, Hampshire
- Polesden Lacey, Surrey
- Stowe, Buckinghamshire
- Scotney Castle, Kent
- Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Kent
- Standen House and Garden, West Sussex
- Sheffield Park and Garden, East Sussex
- The Vyne, Hampshire
- Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire
- Beningbrough Hall, North Yorkshire
- Gibside, Tyne & Wear
- Dunham Massey, Greater Manchester
- Lyme Park, Cheshire
- Quarry Bank, Cheshire
- Wallington, Northumberland
East of England
- Anglesey Abbey, Gardens and Lode Mill, Cambridgeshire
- Ickworth, Suffolk
- Sutton Hoo, Suffolk
- Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire
- Castle Coole, County Fermanagh
- Castle Ward, County Down
- Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House, County Londonderry
- Florence Court, County Fermanagh
- Mount Stewart, County Down
- Portstewart Strand, County Londonderry
- Rowallane Garden, County Down
- The Argory, County Armagh
Another anti-lockdown protest is happening in Manchester this weekend
The mass gathering is planned for Saturday.
Another anti-lockdown protest is planned to happen in Manchester this weekend.
Protestors are organising a mass gathering for Saturday, with a poster for the event saying they have lost ‘all faith in our government’.
The poster, which has been shared on social media, also references Dominic Cummings’ trip to Durham, saying the government has ‘one rule for them, and one rule for us.’
Mass gatherings are currently banned under the lockdown restrictions.
The event is planned to take place at a park in south Manchester, with the flier – which was shared with the Manchester Evening News – saying: “All faith has been lost in our government. It is quite clear that there is one rule for them and one rule for us.
“So why should we trust what they say about coronavirus? They have taken our freedom and it is time once again to show that the people still have power.
“The lockdown is wrong and we should not settle for a new normal. So come along and be part of this mass gathering.”
Greater Manchester Police are reportedly aware of the protest.
It comes after protestors took to Platt Fields Park on Saturday May 16th to protest the lockdown and voice their distrust of a potential vaccine.
Police said a ‘small number’ of people attended and it finished at around 3pm, with no arrests made.
The organisers behind the May 16th event, UK Freedom Movement, believe the coronavirus lockdown is ‘illegal’ and decided to create a series of mass gatherings across the UK.
The poster for the event read: “UK Mass Gathering Manchester. Join the UK freedom movement and be a part of the largest mass gathering since the lockdown.
“We say no to the coronavirus bill, no to mandatory vaccines, no the new normal and no to the unlawful lockdown. Bring a picnic, some music and let’s have some fun and say yes to life.”
At the time, Senior Councillor of Manchester City Council Pat Karney described the protests as ‘irresponsible’, saying that they are an ‘insult’ to NHS staff.
He added: “Those people who are saying it is a government conspiracy and 5G technology conspiracy should listen to the people that have lost their loved ones.
“The death rate in Manchester is still high, we can’t come out of lockdown. The council will work with police in how to cancel these events.”