Every now and again, the media pretends to care about plastic, before switching back to global warming.
Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Nestlé have been accused of “zero progress” on reducing plastic waste, after being named the world’s top plastic polluters for the third year in a row.
Coca-Cola was ranked the world’s No 1 plastic polluter by Break Free From Plastic in its annual audit, after its beverage bottles were the most frequently found discarded on beaches, rivers, parks and other litter sites in 51 of 55 nations surveyed. Last year it was the most frequently littered bottle in 37 countries, out of 51 surveyed.
It was found to be worse than PepsiCo and Nestlé combined: Coca-Cola branding was found on 13,834 pieces of plastic, with PepsiCo branding on 5,155 and Nestlé branding on 8,633.
The annual audit, undertaken by 15,000 volunteers around the world, identifies the largest number of plastic products from global brands found in the highest number of countries. This year they collected 346,494 pieces of plastic waste, 63% of which was marked clearly with a consumer brand.
Coca-Cola came under fire from environmental campaigners earlier this year when it announced it would not abandon plastic bottles, saying they were popular with customers. In March, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Nestlé and Unilever were found to be responsible for half a million tonnes of plastic pollution in six developing countries each year, in a survey by NGO Tearfund.
“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,” said Emma Priestland, Break Free From Plastic’s global campaign coordinator.
Unlike global warming, which doesn’t have a solution because it isn’t a real problem, the plastic problem is easy to solve. Firstly, there is no reason you can’t go back to glass bottles.
Everyone would enjoy glass bottles. Many third world countries still use them.
If the companies don’t want to go back to glass, governments can easily force them. Governments are in the process of forcing people to stop driving cars to stop global warming, not to mention the things that governments have done to allegedly stop the coronavirus. The government has the ability to tell these corporations to go back to glass.
The remaining plastic that exists can then all be rounded up and burned.
The reason this isn’t happening is: the government doesn’t actually care about the environment.
The only thing they care about is control. The regulations from global warming allow them to control people.