A new study found that 20 companies are responsible for half the world’s plastic waste, NPR reported. Released by the Minderoo Foundation, the report outlines the companies responsible for plastic and subsequent greenhouse gas emissions.

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The report’s“Plastic Waste Makers Index” features Exxon Mobil, Dow Chemical Co., and Sinopec. Of the 130 million metrics tons of single-use plastics thrown away, Exxon Mobil is responsible for 5.9 million metric tons, with Dow and Sinopec responsible for 5.6 and 5.3 million, respectively.

“An environmental catastrophe beckons: much of the resulting single-use plastic waste will end up as pollution in developing countries with poor waste management systems,” according to the report.

Single-use plastic items include bottles, bags, and food packaging. 98% of these materials are made from “virgin” feedstocks, instead of recycled materials.

“The trajectories of the climate crisis and the plastic waste crisis are strikingly similar — and increasingly intertwined,” former Vice President Al Gore said in a statement that was released alongside the report. “Since most plastic is made from oil and gas — especially fracked gas — the production and consumption of plastic are becoming a significant driver of the climate crisis, already producing greenhouse gas emissions on the same scale as a large country and causing the emission of other harmful toxins from plastics facilities into nearby communities — disproportionately harming people of color and those in low-income communities,” he wrote.

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