The ‘Break Free From Plastic Movement’ on October 9, 2018 revealed that Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Nestle are among the companies that contribute most to ocean pollution with single-use plastics. As per the study, Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Nestle were the most frequent companies in contributing to ocean pollution, identified in 239 cleanups and brand audits spanning 42 countries and six continents.
1. Between September 9 and 15, 2018, over 10000 volunteers carried out 239 plastic cleaning actions on coasts and other natural environments in 42 countries.
2. Over 187,000 pieces of plastic trash were audited, identifying thousands of brands which package their products in the single-use plastics that pollute oceans and waterways globally.
3. Coca-Cola was the top polluter in the global audit. The organisation discovered Coke-branded plastic used bottles in 40 of the 42 participating countries.
4. The audit found that Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Nestle, Danone, Mondelez International, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Perfetti van Melle, Mars Incorporated, and Colgate-Palmolive were the most frequent multinational brands collected in cleanups.
5. These brands were found in at least ten of the 42 participating countries.
6. Overall, polystyrene, which is not recyclable in most locations, was the most common type of plastic found, followed closely by PET, a material used in bottles, containers, and another packaging.