Coca-Cola Has Been Crowned The ‘Largest Plastic Polluter’ In The World
By Thanussha Priyah, 05 Nov 2019
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Coca-Cola has been listed as the “world’s biggest corporate plastic polluter,” according to a global audit report ran by Break Free From Plastics. Around 72,000 volunteers took part in the clean-up in various spaces including beaches, waterways and the streets.
The participants collected plastic bottles, cups, wrappers, bags and other waste. The audit had reported a monumental amount of waste produced by the carbonated soft drink company in just one day of clean-up.
It claimed that a total of 475,000 pieces of waste were retrieved and around 11,732 of the junk belonged to Coca-Cola.
Nestle, PepsiCo and Mondelez International, which produce confectionaries including Sour Patch, Milka, Cadbury and more, trailed behind the soda company respectively.
Though the statistics varied according to different regions, Coca-Cola was an obvious culprit throughout the findings. The company was positioned in the first place in Africa and Europe and second position within Asia and South America.
Break Free From Plastic is requesting corporations to reduce production in single-use plastic and sought for sustainable measures for its products.
Coca-Cola responded to the criticism of being a huge contributor to plastic waste to The Intercept. The company states, “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,” the brand informed.
The full brand audit report of 2019 can be found here.
CONGRATULATIONS to @CocaCola for being named Worst Plastic Polluter in the World for 2nd Year in a Row in a global audit of plastic waste released by the Break Free From Plastic NGO. pic.twitter.com/Ec144nr844— Adam Rogers 🌍🌏 (@AdamRogers2030) October 27, 2019
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