Coca Cola Named World’s Top Plastic Polluter In ‘Plastic Waste Audit’

Coca Cola was a top source in Africa, Europe, Asia, and South America. However, Nestle was on top in North America, along with the Solo Cup Company and Starbucks.

 

Coca Cola has been named the ‘most polluting brand’ in a global audit of plastic trash. The audit was conducted by ‘Break Free from Plastic’ global movement. This is the second year in a row for the giant company. It was responsible for more pollution than the next top three polluters combined together.

Over 72,000 volunteers have taken initiatives against pollution, like been to beaches, paddled along waterways, walked along streets near their offices and homes, picking up any kind of garbage they see in the way.

During this, they figured that plastic represented about 50 different types and it could be traced back to 8,000 brands. Coke was responsible for 11,732 pieces of plastic litter, after that, Nestle, PepsiCo, Mondelez International, Oreo, Ritz, Nutter Butter, Nabisco, and Unilever were also responsible for pollution.

Nestle, Coca Cola on top:

Coca Cola was a top source in Africa, Europe, Asia, and South America. However, Nestle was on top in North America, along with the Solo Cup Company and Starbucks.

“Any time our packaging ends up in our oceans — or anywhere that it doesn’t belong — is unacceptable to us.  In partnership with others, we are working to address this critical global issue, both to help turn off the tap in terms of plastic waste entering our oceans and to help clean up the existing pollution.” – Coca Cola responded to the questions.

“We are investing locally in every market to increase recovery of our bottles and cans and recently announced the launch in Vietnam of an industry-backed packaging recovery organization, as well as a bottler-led investment of $19 million in the Philippines in a new food-grade recycling facility.

We are also investing to accelerate key innovations that will help to reduce waste, including new enhanced recycling technologies that allow us to recycle poor quality PET plastic, often destined for incineration or landfill, back to high-quality food packaging material.” – they further said in their statement.

Earlier this month, Coke came out with a plastic bottle made with recycled marine plastic, and last year they pledged consumers to collect and recycle.

Some time back, The Intercept obtained leaked audio that showed how Coke-funded companies weaken the bottle bills. While European environmentalists backed advocates that conducted the global brand, the audit has said that coke has been interfering in their fight against plastic.

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