Oct 11: A latest study on ‘Break Free from Plastic’ has revealed that renowned companies including Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Nestle have been contributing the most towards polluting the oceans, as they market their products in single-use plastics. The latest study was presented at an event in Manila. The coasts of around 42 countries in the world were cleared off the plastic with the help of the environmental movement which set off in 2016.
Von Hernandez, the Global Coordinator of Break Free from Plastic during the presentation at Manila said that the assessment of the brands reveals that they are contributing to the rise of global plastic pollution crisis in a huge rate.
As per the reports, over 239 plastic removal actions were executed by 10000 volunteers on coastal areas and other natural environments in 42 countries between September 9 and 15. More than 187,000 pieces of plastic were collected during the cleaning drive. Out of the plastics collected, 65 percent were from products by Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Nestle. The report had also listed companies including Danone, Mondelez, Procter & Gamble, and Unilever among other brands.
Von Hernandez, according to reports, has stated that the companies have two options; either they can be a part of the problem or a part of the solution. He added that if such companies go on using the problematic and unwanted plastic packaging they will be boosting production and pollution. He also added that the public must act now so that the brands will reduce the use of plastic for packing its products.
It was observed that non-biodegradable materials like polystyrene, PVC (polyvinyl chloride), PET (polyethylene terephthalate) or the film of single-use plastic that were used to make around 100,000 pieces of plastic collected.
Fossil fuels and pollutants are made use to produce 90 percent of the plastic seen in the world. The production of plastic has now reached 320 million tonnes per year. This is likely to grow by 40 percent in the coming years. This, in turn, will increase the number of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
As per the study, the responsibility of environmental pollution should be taken by such large corporations because the public residing nearby the factories are exposed to the harmful substances produced during the manufacture of plastic. They also pollute the food and other products packed in plastic containers.
The report revealed that out of the 8.3 billion metric tonnes of plastic produced since 1950, 85% of this is still present in the environment i.e. mainly in the ocean. Post this, only 9 percent of the plastic waste was recycled and a 12 percent was incinerated.