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Every year as part of the #BreakFreeFromPlastic campaign, close to 15,000 volunteers add up plastic waste and the companies that produced it. For the 3rd year in a row, Coca-Cola topped the list with other sugary drink manufacturers, Nestle and Pepsi occupying the next two spots. The plastic waste created by Coca-Cola products is more than both Pepsi and Nestle’s combined, however.

Campaign coordinator, Emma Priestland, was quoted in a press release about this year’s findings.

“The world’s top polluting corporations claim to be working hard to solve plastic Pollution, but instead they are continuing to pump out harmful single-use plastic packaging. We need to stop plastic production, phase out single-use and implement robust, standardised reuse systems. Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Nestlé should be leading the way in finding real solutions,” she said.

A spokesperson for Coca-Cola said the company is working to reduce the plastic waste it creates.

“Globally, we have a commitment to get every bottle back by 2030, so that none of it ends up as litter or in the oceans, and the plastic can be recycled into new bottles,” they said. “Bottles with 100% recycled plastic are now available in 18 markets around the world, and this is continually growing.”


Similarly, a spokesperson for PepsiCo said the company is working to reduce plastic waste by “growing refill and reuse through businesses like SodaStream and SodaStream Professional, which we expect will avoid 67bn single-use plastic bottles through 2025”

A spokesperson for Nestle also commented on its strategies to reduce plastic waste to the Guardian.

“We are intensifying our actions to make 100% of our packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025 and to reduce our use of virgin plastics by one-third in the same period. So far, 87% of our total packaging and 66% of our plastic packaging is recyclable or reusable.”

The Break Free From Plastic campaign is calling on the top polluters to do more. They are urging companies to reduce single-use plastics, be transparent with how much plastic waste they are creating, and set clear and measurable targets to reduce plastic waste creation.

Sign this petition to ask Coca-Cola to keep its plastic out of our oceans.

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