Top Plastic Polluters’ Title Remains With Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Nestle

Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Nestlé have been accused of “zero progress” on reducing plastic waste, after being named the world’s top plastic polluters for the third year in a row.

The annual survey by Break Free From Plastic saw 15,000 volunteers in 55 countries collect 346,494 pieces of plastic from their surrounding environment. Get the original document here:

In their report, Break Free From Plastic names the “2020 Top 10 Global Polluters” as follows:

  1. The Coca-Cola Company
  2. PepsiCo
  3. Nestlé
  4. Unilever
  5. Mondelez International
  6. Mars, Inc.
  7. Procter & Gamble
  8. Philip Morris International
  9. Colgate-Palmolive
  10. Perfetti Van Melle

“It’s not surprising to see the same big brands on the podium as the world’s top plastic polluters for three years in a row. These companies claim to be addressing the plastic crisis, yet they continue to invest in false solutions while teaming up with oil companies to produce even more plastic. To stop this mess and combat climate change, multinationals like Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Nestlé must end their addiction to single-use plastic packaging and move away from fossil fuels.”

Abigail Aguilar, plastics campaign regional co-ordinator of Greenpeace Southeast Asia

The most common items collected were plastic bags, followed by cigarette butts and plastic bottles.

The companies named as the seven top polluters of plastic have joined The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, an initiative to change the plastic system with the end goal of having all plastic packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.

“The world’s top polluting corporations claim to be working hard to solve plastic pollution, but instead they are continuing to pump out harmful single-use plastic packaging. We need to stop plastic production, phase out single-use and implement robust, standardized reuse systems. Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Nestlé should be leading the way in finding real solutions.”

Emma Priestland, Break Free From Plastic’s global corporate campaigns coordinator.

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