Welcome Green Monsters! We're your online guide to making conscious choices that help people, animals and the planet.
Download food monster: the biggest, baddest, yummiest vegan food app!
Buy the #EatForThePlanet book



Ocean plastic pollution is a global problem and one of the greatest threats that our oceans face. Up to 12 million metric tons of plastic enter our oceans every year – that is the equivalent of a garbage truck’s worth every minute. Once plastic enters the ocean it becomes a hazard for marine wildlife. Animals can become entangled in the larger plastic causing them great harm. Others may mistake the plastic for food and choke on it.

Over time, these larger plastics break down into smaller pieces called microplastics. Studies have shown that many fish are attracted to the plastic and ingest it. They aren’t alone. It is estimated that 1 in 3 sea turtles and 90 percent of seabirds have also ingested plastic.

Humans aren’t immune to the impacts of plastic pollution either. If you are a lover of seafood, it’s quite likely that you have accidentally ingested plastic. Studies have suggested that frequent consumers of shellfish could be ingesting thousands of pieces of microplastic each year. A report released a few months ago confirmed that there is also plastic in our sea salt.

Many of us feel a personal responsibility to do our bit to stem the flow of plastics into our oceans. And it’s true that we as individuals bear some responsibility for creating the plastic crisis. We can help by reducing our plastic footprint. We can purchase reusable water bottles and switch from bottled water to tap water. We can bring a reusable coffee cup with us when we venture to our favorite cafe for our morning caffeine fix. We can bring our own bags when we go shopping and refuse plastic straws when we eat out.

Calling on Companies to Step Up

But the scale of the problem is so great that everyone needs to work to end ocean plastics. Like a leak in your home, we have to stop the plastic ending up in the ocean before we can properly clean up the mess. So along with reducing our individual plastic footprint, the industries that create the plastic in the first place need to step up and address this problem.

Research shows that plastic bottles are one of the most commonly found items on beach cleans and on the ocean’s surface. So earlier this year, Greenpeace wrote a report looking at the soft drink industry and its plastic footprint. We surveyed the top six global soft drinks brands: Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Suntory, Danone, Dr. Pepper Snapple, and Nestlé. All companies except for Coca-Cola disclosed the size of their plastic footprint. However, we were able to look at Coke’s sustainability reports and we estimate that in 2016 the company produced over 110 billion single-use plastic bottles. That is the equivalent of over 3,400 bottles per second!

It’s quite clear that Coca-Cola has a plastics problem. That is why we are calling on the company to stop choking our oceans. It needs to rapidly reduce its plastic footprint which can be accomplished by looking into innovative drink delivery systems, using more recycled plastic content, or using more refillable bottles. Whatever choice Coca-Cola makes, it’s quite clear that it must do its part to end ocean plastics. Greenpeace and activists around the globe will be there every step of the way to ensure accountability.

Lead Image Source: Flickr

Want to read more posts like this? Sign up for our newsletter below!​

Browse through some recent posts below:

The Humane Economy Is Coming: Here Are the 3 Biggest Opportunities in Vegan Food and Beyond

The Humane Economy Is Coming: Here Are the 3 Biggest Opportunities in Vegan Food and Beyond

You Guys – Big Oil Wants All Of Us to Pay to Protect It … From Itself

Derek and Chad Sarno to Launch New Plant-Based Meat Company and Turn Chicken Farmers Into Mushroom Growers

Derek and Chad Sarno to Launch New Plant-Based Meat Company and Turn Chicken Farmers Into Mushroom Farmers

The Bold Plan to Bring the Plant-Based Movement to a New Audience

The Bold Plan to Bring the Plant-Based Movement to a New Audience

Disclosure: One Green Planet accepts advertising, sponsorship, affiliate links and other forms of compensation, which may or may not influence the advertising content, topics or articles written on this site. Click here for more information.

0 comments on “Why We’re Calling Out Big Corporations to Cut Their Plastic Use – and We’re Not Backing Down”

Click to add comment
11 Months Ago

Companies must actively participate in resolving plastic pollution.
In order to encourage the participation of companies, it is prohibited to use disposable plastics in the cargo packaging imported from their countries around the world, or to impose a waste disposal fee.
At present, the United Arab Emirates is the strongest country in the world.
If you implement this ban in advanced countries with high imports,
Exporting countries will make a lot of efforts to develop plastic substitute materials.

Denise Baudin
11 Months Ago

BIG Corporations - you know who you are:

What is so hard to understand in this 4-word sentence???????????? TOO MANY WORDS?????????????
Just for you BIG Corporation people, here it is again: "CUT YOUR PLASTIC USE".

11 Months Ago

It is a way to ban the use of disposable plastics in imported cargo like the UAE.
If this method is carried out in advanced countries with a large volume of import and export cargo, it will have a great worldwide impact.
The need to create the creation of eco-friendly materials will make a lot of effort to develop and the materials will be applied to everyday life ~
Inevitably, companies that need to export products will be more aggressive in the development of new materials if they are forced to switch to eco-friendly materials by paying the burden on waste.


Subscribe to our Newsletter

Follow us on

Do Not Show This Again


Submit to OneGreenPlanet

Terms & Conditions ×