2021’s top plastic polluters and a new petition to stop them

November 1, 2021 by  
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The Break Free From Plastic movement has been gearing up for COP26 in Glasgow. The movement released its list of top plastic polluters, collected over 13,000 signatures on a petition calling for the  Biden  administration to stop approvals for new and expanded petrochemical and plastic facilities, and hosted an event about environmental racism. Last week, Break Free From Plastic released its 2021 global brand audit.  Coca-Cola  and PepsiCo took the top two spots for plastic pollution for the fourth straight year. This year, Unilever displaced Nestle for the non-coveted third spot. Nestle came in fourth and Procter & Gamble fifth. Related: Top 3 plastic polluters are CocaCola, PepsiCo and Nestle. Again. Break Free From Plastic holds companies responsible for the  plastic  winding up on the shores of the world’s oceans and rivers — even if the companies didn’t throw it away themselves. This year, 11,184 volunteers in 45 countries conducted 440 beach cleanups/brand audits. They collected 330,493 plastic waste items, 58% of which bore a consumer brand. Coca-Cola has pledged to collect an empty bottle for every bottle sold. But the 2021 brand audit retrieved almost 20,000 pieces of plastic branded by Coke, which is greater than the next top two  polluters  combined. Nor is  PepsiCo  dazzling the world with greenness, despite a recent commitment to cut its use of virgin plastic in half by 2030. Since 99% of plastic is made from  fossil fuels , virgin plastic is a major target of eco-warriors. Unilever’s move up to third place is especially embarrassing, as the company is a principal partner for the COP26 climate change summit. “Despite their promises to do better, the same corporate polluters make the brand audit list year after year. It is clear that we cannot rely on these companies to do the right thing,” Neil Tangri, Science and Policy Director of Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, said in a statement. “It’s time for governments to step up and enact policies to reduce waste and hold producers accountable.” The only way to reduce plastic pollution, he said, is to reduce plastic production. “If world leaders do not take bold action to reduce plastic production, there is no way that we will meet the 1.5°C target and avoid  climate  catastrophe.” Break Free From Plastic’s petition against new, expanded petrochemical companies aims to push politicians to do just that. Via Break Free From Plastic Lead image via Break Free From Plastic

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Coca-Cola increased its plastic bottle production by a billion in 2016

October 2, 2017 by  
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Coca-Cola increased its global production of single-use, throwaway plastic bottles by one billion in 2016, according to Greenpeace . Although the beverage behemoth does not publicly disclose its production numbers, an analysis by Greenpeace suggests a massive increase in output of plastic, which often ends up in landfills, water ways, or in large islands of trash floating in the ocean. The world’s largest soft drinks company contributes more than its fair share to a global plastic problem. It is estimated that by 2021, the global production of plastic bottles will reach half a trillion per year. Although there is a massive number of plastic bottles in circulation and being produced each year, only a small number of them are recycled. Less than half of the bottles purchased in 2016 were then returned for recycling while only 7 percent of the collected bottles were reused to create new bottles. Where do these non-recycled bottles go? Most often, they are deposited in landfills or the ocean. Between 5 million and 13 million tons of plastic seeps into seawater, where it is then ingested by birds , fish and other aquatic wildlife. According to research by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, there will be more plastic, by weight, in the ocean than fish. Related: Coca Cola’s bright red Berlin HQ is actually pretty green, thanks to energy-saving design Although Coca-Cola’s plastic bottle production increase poses a problem for the planet’s health, the global beverage corporation is taking some steps to clean up its act. In July 2017, Coca-Cola European Partners announced its goal of increasing the amount of recycled plastic in each of its bottles to 50 percent by 2020. However, this goal is viewed by critics as insufficient, particularly considering that bottles could be made out of 100 percent plastic. “Coca-Cola talks the talk on sustainability but the astonishing rate at which it is pumping out single-use plastic bottles is still growing,” said Louise Edge, oceans campaigner for Greenpeace. “We have calculated it produced over 110bn throwaway plastic bottles every year – an astounding 3,400 a second – while refusing to take responsibility for its role in the plastic pollution crisis facing our oceans .” Via The Guardian Images via Greenpeace

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Coca Cola’s bright red Berlin HQ is actually pretty green, thanks to energy-saving design

November 2, 2015 by  
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Is our coconut demand making slaves of monkeys?

November 2, 2015 by  
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It’s safe to say much of the world is cuckoo for coconuts. From cosmetics to curry, the sweet white meat of this hard-shelled drupe is in high demand. Someone has to get those coconuts down from the high trees they grow upon, and the labor force at work on coconut farms might surprise you. If your coconut products come from a place like Thailand , there’s a good chance that monkeys picked them for you . Coconut farmers in Thailand have been raising and training monkeys to harvest coconuts for hundreds of years. Is it a cruel practice, or are the primates simply a different kind of working farm animal? Read the rest of Is our coconut demand making slaves of monkeys?

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SHoP Architects modern Santa Fe Gallery design is inspired by traditional Navajo patterns

November 2, 2015 by  
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Beijing’s Cola-Bow Turns 17,000 Plastic Coke Bottles Into a Curvaceous Shelter

August 30, 2013 by  
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August 30, 2013 by  
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Coca-Cola Launches “Natural, Healthy” Coca-Cola Life Soda

August 20, 2013 by  
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Coca-Cola has launched a new “natural” and “healthy” soda line called Coca-Cola Life. Starting with a market test drive in Argentina this June, the soda company swapped out their iconic red color for a green sleeve and created a low-calorie and naturally sweetened drink that’s marketed as clean, fresh and natural. But are we really supposed to believe that Coca-Cola has gone green? Read the rest of Coca-Cola Launches “Natural, Healthy” Coca-Cola Life Soda Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Coca Cola , coca cola life , Coke , green coke , green products , Greenwashing , healthy coke , organic coke , plantbottle , stevia        

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Sarah Turner Creates Gorgeous Chandelier from Recycled Coca Cola Bottles

October 9, 2012 by  
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Coca Cola commissioned eco artist Sarah Turner to create lighting and a massive recycled sculpture for their Hospitality Centre at the London 2012 Olympic games . At 2 meters wide the lights make quite a statement, and they were made using 190 plastic Coca Cola bottles each. There are 5 of the large lights in total, and each is made up of rings of the plastic bottles and a globe in the middle. The globe is Sarah’s Cola 30 design, which is made from 30 Coca Cola bottles hand cut and sculpted into decorative forms. The Cola 30 was the first light Sarah made from waste plastic bottles when she first started her work over 4 years ago. The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Read the rest of Sarah Turner Creates Gorgeous Chandelier from Recycled Coca Cola Bottles Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bottle lamp , Coca Cola , green design , green lighting , London Olympics , recycled bottles , recycled interiors , recycled lamp , Recycled Materials , sarah turner , sustainable design

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Coca-Cola’s Grafitti Hits Historic New Orleans Neighborhoods Ahead of Final Four

March 30, 2012 by  
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Apparently Coca-Cola is really into New Orleans lassez-faire lifestyle, so much so that they decided to cover the sidewalks of the historic French Quarter and Treme neighborhoods with company logos as part of a guerrilla marketing campaign ahead of this weekend’s Final Four Championship games. As quickly as the adverts popped up, so too did angry comments on social media around the city, prompting Coca-Cola to begin the removal process as quickly as the stencils had been applied. Read the rest of Coca-Cola’s Grafitti Hits Historic New Orleans Neighborhoods Ahead of Final Four Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Coca Cola , Corpoarte Responsibility , Corproate Vandalism , Grafitti Art , guerilla marketing , Guerrilla Advertising , New Orleans , public art , Street art , Sustainable Advertising

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