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Montevideo, March 24th 2019 - 15:57 UTC

Coca Cola uses three million tons of plastic packaging in one year

Friday, March 15th 2019 - 08:28 UTC
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In total, 150 companies are pledging to reduce their plastic usage as part of the campaign. But some companies, Pepsi, L'Oreal and H&M have refused In total, 150 companies are pledging to reduce their plastic usage as part of the campaign. But some companies, Pepsi, L'Oreal and H&M have refused

For the first time, Coca-Cola has revealed it used three million tons of plastic packaging in one year. It's part of a report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation which is pushing for companies and governments to do more to tackle plastic pollution.

In total, 150 companies are pledging to reduce their plastic usage as part of the campaign. But some companies including Pepsi, L'Oreal and H&M haven't said how much plastic they use.

It's hard to visualize what three million tons looks like. But everyone can picture a blue whale. Now picture 15,000 of them. That's roughly three million tons.

In 2018, the company announced a pledge to recycle a used bottle or can for each one the company sells by 2030. Coca-Cola markets 500 brands of fizzy drink, juices and water and says it will also work towards making all of its packaging recyclable worldwide.

Many companies have been committing to being more green after concerns about plastic waste were highlighted in shows such as the BBC's Blue Planet 2, narrated by Sir David Attenborough.

In this report, 31 companies - including Mars, Nestlé and Danone - reveal how much plastic packaging they create in a year: Nestle: 1.7m tons; Colgate: 287,008 tons in 2018; Unilever: 610,000 tons; Burberry: 200 tons of plastic in a year.

Companies are trying to be more open about how much plastic they use - and how much waste they create. In February 2019, Nestle got rid of plastic straws from its products and is using paper ones instead. Burberry was criticized in 2018, when it said it destroyed unsold clothes, accessories and perfume worth £28.6m to protect its brand. It's now stopped the practice.

150 companies have signed up to be part of The Ellen MacArthur Foundation's commitment to reduce plastic pollution.

Categories: Environment, International.

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