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F&B firms lead global plastic polluter rankings

9th December 2020 By Bridget O'Connell | bridget@foodticker.co.nz | @foodtickernz

International food and beverage giants dominate a list of the top ten global plastic polluters released this week.

Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Nestlé were named the leading plastic polluters for the third year in a row in the annual audit carried out by Break Free From Plastic.

They were followed by Unilever; Mondelez International; Mars, Inc.; Procter & Gamble; Philip Morris International; Colgate-Palmolive; and Perfetti Van Melle in the 2020 Top 10 Global Polluters.

Coca-Cola was ranked the world’s number one plastic polluter, after its beverage bottles were the most frequently found discarded on beaches, rivers, parks and other rubbish sites in 51 of 55 nations 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.

In 2020, the Break Free From Plastic movement research saw 14,734 volunteers in 55 countries to conduct 575 brand audits. These volunteers collected 346,494 pieces of plastic waste, 63% of which was marked witha clear consumer brand.

The global audit of branded plastic waste revealed that single-use sachets, such as those used to sell small volumes of products including sauce, coffee and shampoo, were the most commonly found type of item, followed by cigarette butts, then plastic bottles.

While New Zealand was not included in the audit, results from Australia found that The Coca-Cola Company was the worst offender in 2020.

It was followed by American multinational confectionary, food and beverage giant Mondelez International and confectionery and chewing gum manufacturer and distributor Perfetti Van Melle.

 

 


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