Despite its voluntary commitments to begin depositing its bottles, Coca-Cola retained its crown as the world’s largest polluter for the fourth year in a row.
According to breakfreefromplastic.org, Coca-Cola-branded packaging was caught more frequently than the second and third largest polluter, for the third year in a row, indicating that Coca-Cola’s commitment has little impact on the environmental pollution the company causes with its products.
Specifically, 19,826 samples of multinational plastics were collected in 39 countries.
Separately, according to breakfreefromplastic.org, PepsiCo has remained among the top three plastic polluters each year since 2018. The company recently announced new voluntary commitments to halve plastic use by 2030, but that won’t be enough.
“Without a more ambitious shift towards more containers, its status as a major plastic polluter is unlikely to change,” the organization said in a report on its website.
For the first time since we began conducting global brand audits in 2018, Unilever climbed to No. 3 globally in pollution. This is a particularly stark development, as the company is serving as a lead partner for COP26 in Glasgow this year.”
Unilever, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, Mondelēz International, Philip Morris International, Danone and Mars Inc. And Colgate-Palmolive lists the 10 most polluting companies when it comes to plastic.
“Young people are what they lose the most”
According to the organization, young people are losing the most by not tackling the climate crises and plastic pollution, even though they have caused the least amount of harm.
“It is more important than ever for national governments to hold companies accountable for their pollution, because voluntary commitments by companies fail to reduce pollution,” the post says on the front page.
“The world cannot continue to depend on fossil fuels, including the large portion of fossil fuels that are converted into plastic,” he says.
For all samples collected, #breakfreefromplastic.org called 11,184 volunteers in 45 countries. They have conducted 440 Brand Audits, an initiative that involves counting and documenting brands found on plastic waste, across six continents.
A total of 33,493 pieces of plastic were collected and analyzed in order to identify the companies most polluting with plastic waste.
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