How many animals has YOUR postman killed with his rubber bands today?
That Royal Mail eh? What are they like? Not content with winning Bitterwallet’s Worst Company in Britain 2009 award, it now emerges that they’ve thrown away £5 million on to the streets of the nation over the past half-decade.
Well, at least that’s the hysterical way of looking at it. But new figures have shown that our posties get through two million of those red rubber bands every single DAY, with a large number of them tossed to the ground like useless… erm, oysters, or something.
The Royal Mail has forked out almost £5 million on four billion of the rubber bands over the past five years, and there are now fears that they are a threat to the environment. Normally, we measure environmental damage by the number of penguins that are killed, but we think that our beautiful waddling friends have been largely untouched by this crisis so far.
But Keep Britain Tidy! say that the red rubber bands were found on eight per cent of streets that they surveyed in a survey they did – making them more prevalent on our pavements in 2011 than actual dogshit. Not only that, there is a fear that animals could eat them and die. Stupid animals.
In their defence, the Royal Mail have said that the rubber bands they use are biodegradable, so if you see one vanish before your very eyes, that’s what that is. We were doing some sarcasm just then, in case you weren’t sure.