Single-use plastic debris has washed ashore on beaches around the world, Where does it all come from? Now, more than two hundred cleanups in 42 countries worldwide has resulted in the collection of 187,000 pieces of plastic trash. And that resulted in a list of the top ten plastic polluters.

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Topping the List

Not surprisingly Coca Cola, Pepsi and Nestle are the top three names on the list. In fact, most on the names on the list of Top Ten Plastic Polluters are familiar. They’re household names that produce products that we use everyday. The list was compiled over nine months in a collaboration effort between Greenpeace and the Break free From Plastic movement. (photo – Bo Eide, Flickr)

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“These brand audits offer undeniable proof of the role that corporations play in perpetuating the global plastic pollution crisis,” Von Hernandez, global coordinator of Break Free From Plastic, said to EcoWatch.

“By continuing to churn out problematic and unrecyclable throwaway plastic packaging for their products, these companies are guilty of trashing the planet on a massive scale. It’s time they own up and stop shifting the blame to citizens for their wasteful and polluting products.”

 

Stepping Up

Focusing international attention on the multinationals that originate the great majority of the world’s plastic waste has produced results.

Coca Cola has pledged to facilitate the collection and recycling of 100% of its packaging by 2030. PepsiCo goes further, setting a goal of 100% recyclable, compostable or biodegradable packaging by 2025. Nestle pledged by 2025 to have 100% recyclable or reusable packaging.

“We all have a role to play in tackling plastic pollution. But the reality is, individual consumers are already bearing the burden of this crisis,” said Ryan Schleeter of Greenpeace.

“We’re swapping plastic bottles for reusable glass and metal, ditching disposable straws, avoiding unnecessary packaging in our grocery stores, and cleaning up our beaches as best we can. But there’s only so much we can do if companies don’t step up and provide more sustainable choices.”

Find out how you can join in the Break Free From Plastic movement.

 

“Single Use” is the 2018 Word of the Year

The staff of Collins Dictionary monitors 4.5 billion words from which they select their annual Word of the Year. “2018 was the year in which environmental issues in general and plastic pollution in particular rose to the top. “Single Use” replaced the 2017 term “Fake News.” As reported in EcoWatch.

colliers dictionary single use top ten plastic polluters“Single-use refers to products—often plastic—that are ‘made to be used once only’ before disposal. Images of plastic adrift in the most distant oceans, such as straws, bottles, and bags have led to a global campaign to reduce their use.”

“The word has seen a four-fold increase since 2013, with news stories and images such as those seen in the BBC’s Blue Planet II steeply raising public awareness of the issue.”

 

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