Coke, Pepsi, Nestlé Top Makers Of Plastic Waste: Greenpeace

By Steve Wynne-Jones
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Coke, Pepsi, Nestlé Top Makers Of Plastic Waste: Greenpeace

Drink companies Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Nestlé were found to be the world's biggest producers of plastic trash, a report by environmental group Greenpeace has found.

Working with the Break Free From Plastic movement, Greenpeace said that it orchestrated 239 plastic clean-ups in 42 countries around the world, which resulted in the audit of 187,000 pieces of plastic trash. The aim was to get a picture of how large corporations contribute to the problem of pollution.

Coca-Cola, the world's largest soft-drink maker, was the top waste producer, Greenpeace said, with Coke-branded plastic trash found in 40 of the 42 countries.

Brand Responsibility

"These brand audits offer undeniable proof of the role that corporations play in perpetuating the global plastic pollution crisis," said Von Hernandez, global coordinator for Break Free From Plastic.

Overall, the most common type of plastic found was polystyrene, which goes into packaging and foam coffee cups, followed closely by PET, used in bottles and containers.


"We share Greenpeace's goal of eliminating waste from the ocean and are prepared to do our part to help address this important challenge," a Coke spokesman said in a statement. The company has pledged to collect and recycle a bottle or can for every one it sells by 2030.

All three companies have made pledges about their packaging for 2025. Coke says that all its packaging will be recyclable, Nestlé says that it will be recyclable or reusable, and PepsiCo says that it will be recyclable, compostable or biodegradable.

Recycled Content

The companies are all also working to use recycled content in their packaging.

Nestlé, the world's largest food- and drink-maker, said that it recognised the issue and is working hard to eliminate non-recyclable plastics. It said that it was also exploring different packaging solutions and ways to facilitate recycling and eliminate plastic waste.


PepsiCo was not immediately available to comment outside regular US business hours.

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