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Coca-Cola admits for the first time it produces 300 million tonnes of plastic packaging a year
JC News|March. 14, 2019
Coca-Cola produces three million tonnes of plastic packaging a year, the company has admitted for the first time.
The data, which shows the manufacturer produces the equivalent to 200,000 bottles a minute, was provided to campaigner Ellen MacArthur, who is pushing major companies and governments to tackle their plastic footprint.
Previously, the company has refused to disclose the figure, which they revealed was their total plastic packaging production for 2017.
While the company did not detail the scale of its bottle production, when the figure is translated into 500ml PET plastic bottles, it amounts to more than a fifth of the world’s PET bottle output of 500 billion bottles a year, according to The Guardian.
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is driving transparency from major companies and 150 have signed up to its global commitment to reduce plastic pollution.
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Coca-Cola is one of 31 companies including Mars, Nestlé, and Danone, who have revealed how much plastic packaging they create.
But the rest are yet to publicly disclose their own figures.
The foundation said a report published on Thursday that showed the companies’ data for the first time alongside what they say they are doing to tackle plastic pollution, offered a new level of transparency and boost to efforts trying to stop plastic waste and pollution.
But, it added that more needed to be done. “The decision by more than 30 companies to publicly disclose their annual plastic packaging volumes in the report is an important step towards greater transparency,” the foundation said.
“We applaud the companies that are publishing this data and encourage all companies that make and use plastics to disclose their plastics footprint.”
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