Soft drinks companies slammed for inaction on ocean plastic pollution
Campaigners have denounced the soft drinks sector for failing to prevent single-use plastic bottles polluting the seas.
Greenpeace surveyed the plastic footprints and policies of the top six global soft drinks brands, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Suntory, Danone, Dr Pepper Snapple and Nestlé. Their inaction on the issue was ‘woeful’, it concluded in a report of its findings.
It found that five of the companies sold more than two million tonnes of plastic bottles combined each year, an amount that increased to 3.6 million tonnes when all other plastic packaging was included. The figures do not include that largest brand, Coca-Cola, which did not disclose its plastics use, Greenpeace said.
Overall the companies studied use a combined average of just 6.6% recycled plastic in their bottles, despite the containers they produce are fully recyclable and that each firm has policies to encourage customers to recycle.