According to a study presented by the “Break Free from Plastic” initiative, Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Nestle are among the companies that contribute most to ocean pollution with single-use plastics.
The environmental movement, launched in 2016, has helped clear the coasts of 42 countries around the world of discarded plastics. “These brand audits offer undeniable proof of the role that corporations play in perpetuating the global plastic pollution crisis,” said Von Hernandez, the Global Coordinator of Break Free From Plastic, at the presentation of the study in Manila.
Between September 9 and 15, over 10,000 volunteers carried out 239 plastic cleaning actions on coasts and other natural environments in 42 countries, Efe news reported.
They collected more than 187,000 pieces of plastic, of which more than 65 per cent were from products by Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Nestle. But companies such as Danone, Mondelez, Procter & Gamble, and Unilever, among others, were also mentioned in the report.
“The companies have a choice to make. They can be part of the problem or they can be part of the solution”, Hernandez told Efe. “If they continue the use of problematic and unnecessary plastic packaging they are just encouraging more production and more pollution”.