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Greenpeace report names Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Nestle as top plastic polluters

A report released by Greenpeace this week points the finger at the big corporations who are responsible for producing the largest amount of plastic trash.

You may be unsurprised that Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Nestle round out the top three.

Greenpeace has been working hard to fight the plastic pollution problem, arranging 239 plastic clean-ups and audits across 42 countries. With the help of 10,000 volunteers, 187,000 pieces of plastic trash were successfully examined and dealt with.

The environmental group worked alongside the Break Free From Plastic movement and was conducting research into which companies were the top waste producers.

Coke-branded products were discovered in 40 of the 42 countries, making them the first pick to take the walk of shame.

Speaking with Reuters in London, Von Hernandez, the global coordinator for Break Free From Plastic, commented: “These brand audits offer undeniable proof of the role that corporations play in perpetuating the global plastic pollution crisis.”

So the most common type of plastic found? Polystyrene – which is used in most packaging products and foam coffee cups. (Friendly suggestion: If Elon Musk can make and launch a reusable rocket, perhaps you can buy a reusable coffee cup?)

PET was the second most common plastic discovered among the trash, which is used in bottles and containers.

The accused companies have been happy to respond to the reports, fostering hope that change is on its way.

A Coca-Cola spokesperson said in a statement: “We share Greenpeace’s goal of eliminating waste from the ocean and are prepared to do our part to help address this important challenge.”

Coca-Cola has pledged that for every bottle or can it sells by 2030, they will collect and recycle 1:1.

By 2025, we can hope to see all three companies transition to recyclable, reusable or biodegradable packaging.

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