Report identifies major plastic polluters

Break Free From Plastics has catalogued almost 8,000 brands in this year’s global audit, the analysis of which reveals the 2019 Top 10 Global Polluters as Coca Cola, Nestle, PepsiCo, Mondelez International, Unilever, Mars, P&G, Colgate-Palmolive, Phillip Morris and Perfetti Van Mille.

For the second year in a row, Coca Cola came in as the main polluter -- more than the next three top global polluters combined. Break Free From Plastic is now calling on the top polluters highlighted in this report to lead the way in revealing how much single-use plastic they use, setting clear, public, measurable targets on how they will reduce the quantity of single-use plastic items they produce, and finally to completely reinvent their product delivery systems in order to avoid creating more plastic pollution.

“This report provides more evidence that corporations urgently need to do more to address the plastic pollution crisis they’ve created. Their continued reliance on single-use plastic packaging translates to pumping more throwaway plastic into the environment. Recycling is not going to solve this problem. Break Free From Plastic’s nearly 1,800 member organisations are calling on corporations to urgently reduce their production of single-use plastic and find innovative solutions focused on alternative delivery systems that do not create pollution,” said global coordinator of the Break Free From Plastic movement, Von Hernandez.

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