The Swiss food industry concern Nestle is among the three largest global producers of plastic waste, found the investigation of the Greenpeace environmental NGO. Among the largest global producers of plastic waste are also the American producers of soft drinks Coca-Cola and PepsiCo.
In cooperation with the “Break Free From Plastic” Movement, Greenpeace organized 239 cleaning actions in 42 countries. In addition, 187,000 plastic parts were identified and studied by about 10,000 volunteers. In 40 of the 42 countries, the organizations have discovered plastic waste from Coca-Cola.
The most common is the styrofoam used for disposable coffee cups, followed by PET packaging (polyethylene terephthalate). Coca-Cola is the only brand to rank at least third in all six continents. However, given the huge presence of Coca-Cola products (including Fanta, Mezzo-Mix, Sprite) in all parts of the world, the group’s leadership position is not surprising.
Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Nestle have committed replacing all of their packaging by 2025 with reusable or recyclable packaging. Similar ideas have Mondelez (Milka, Jacobs, Oreo), which intends its packaging to become recyclable by 2025. By the end of 2020, all paper packaging should be supplied from sustainable sources and 65 million kilograms of packaging material would be saved.