Coca-Cola, main sponsor of Cop 27, top in terms of pollution
Since 99 percent of plastic is made from fossil fuels, Coca-Cola paper Queue at COP27 baffles environmental activists
A new report has claimed that The Coca-Cola Company was the largest plastic polluter in the world between 2018 and 2022. On the other hand, you may be surprised to learn that this company is one of the main sponsors of the ongoing Climate Change Summit (COP27) in Sharm el-Sheikh.
Coca-Cola plastic waste
Since 2018, nearly 200,000 voluntary cleanup campaigns in 87 countries have detected 85,035 Coca-Cola products in plastic waste. This information has been revealed in the report published by Break Free From Plastic (BFFP), a global group of more than 11,000 organizations and supporters. The figure was also higher than that of the other two major polluters: PepsiCo and Nestlé, according to the report.
Over the five years, more Coca-Cola Company brand items were collected than the next two top pollutants combined. Brand audits this year found more than 31,000 Coca-Cola brand products, doubling the proportion of Coca-Cola products found in 2018. Since 99 percent of plastic is made from fossil fuels, Coca-Cola paper Queue at COP27 baffles environmental activists.
Global Plastics Treaty
Break Free From Plastic’s latest global brand audit report ‘The 2022 Brand Audit’ analyzes five years of citizen science garbage collection data, exposing how corporate voluntary commitments are not effectively reducing the devastating environmental impacts caused by by these companies. In response, activists around the world are calling for a Global Plastics Treaty that can provide legally binding compliance policies to reduce the amount of plastic produced and used by corporations.
Activists around the world are marking a five-year ‘Trashiversary’ for these polluting companies by mailing or delivering their own waste to demand urgent action. The actions took place on November 15 and targeted Coca-Cola in Bangladesh, Brazil, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, the US, and Zambia; Unilever in Indonesia, the UK and South Africa; and PepsiCo in India and Tanzania.
In 2018, the same year brand audit efforts began, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the United Nations Environment Program jointly launched the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment. This program focused on a set of voluntary commitments to address plastic pollution made by major fast-moving consumer goods companies, including most of the major plastic polluters. However, the ‘Global Commitment 2022 Progress Report’ revealed that its 2025 targets will “almost certainly” not be met. For many of these companies, the use of plastic packaging has increased since they joined the Global Commitment, exposing how voluntary actions are not generating any significant impact on plastic reduction.
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