The CocaCola Company, PepsiCo and Nestlé have been ranked as the world’s top plastic polluters for the 3rd consecutive year according to the report ‘Branded Vol III: Demanding corporate accountability for plastic pollution’ published by break free from plastic.
The organization conducted a brand audit — an annual citizen action initiative that involves counting and documenting the brands on plastic waste found in communities across the globe — and collected 346,494 pieces of plastic from 55 countries.
The audit this year also acknowledged the essential work of informal waste pickers, predominantly in the global south, and the impact that low value, single-use plastic has on their livelihoods.
“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,’ said Abigail Aguilar, plastics campaign regional coordinator of Greenpeace southeast Asia.
“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 CocaCola, PepsiCo, and Nestlé must end their addiction to single-use plastic packaging and move away from fossil fuels.”