"The top plastic polluters of 2020 have been announced, and Coca-Cola,
PepsiCo and Nestlé top the list for the third year in a row.
In a new report demanding corporate responsibility for plastic
pollution, Break Free From Plastic (BFFP) named the repeat offenders and
called them out for what appeared to be negligible progress in curbing
the amount of plastic trash they produce despite corporate claims otherwise.
“The title of Top Global Polluters describes the parent companies whose
brands were recorded polluting the most places around the world with the
greatest amount of plastic waste,” the report’s executive summary noted.
“Our 2020 Top Global Polluters remain remarkably consistent with our
previous brand audit reports, demonstrating that the same corporations
are continuing to pollute the most places with the most single-use plastic.”
The report employs brand audits and global cleanups to collect and count
plastic debris from around the world. This year, nearly 15,000
volunteers collected 346,494 pieces of plastic in 55 countries to
contribute to the report, a BFFP press release said.
Over 5,000 brands were cataloged this year, but Coca-Cola quickly
emerged as the world’s number one plastic polluter. Its beverage bottles
were found most frequently, discarded on beaches, rivers, parks and
other litter sites in 51 of the 55 nations surveyed, The Guardian
reported. The brand was worse than PepsiCo and Nestlé, the next two top
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