Research finds that Coca-Cola is the number one brand contributing to plastic pollution

Coca-Cola bottles containing recycled plastic content

Greenpeace have found that Coca-Cola and PepsiCo are among the top 10 brands that are contributing the most to the plastic pollution problem.

Working with the Break Free From Plastic movement, the two organisations enlisted 10,000 volunteers across 42 countries to start a plastic clean-up and brand audit project.


Following 239 clean-up events across six continents and a collection of 187,000 pieces of waste, Greenpeace has announced how corporations are contributing to the global plastic problem.

Brands audit in order of the most to least commonly found are:

·         Coca-Cola

·         PepsiCo

·         Nestlé

·         Danone

·         Mondelez International

·         Procter & Gamble

·         Unilever

·         Perfetti Van Melle

·         Mars Incorporated

·         Colgate-Palmolive

According to Greenpeace, this is just the top ten out of hundreds of multinational brands contributing to plastic pollution across the globe.

Coca-Cola was found in 40 of the 42 participating countries and was the only brand to rank in the top three on all six continents, with the crew on board the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise finding an intact Coca-Cola bottle in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, hundreds of kilometres from any inhabited land.

From this, Greenpeace is urging consumers to face these brands by picking up any piece of plastic where it doesn’t belong, take a picture and share it on social media using the hashtag #IsThisYours and to tag the brand.


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