It’s not really much of a surprise but Coca-Cola has been named the largest polluter of plastics according to an audit by global movement Break Free From Plastics. In a search for plastic waste, they found a staggering amount originating from the soda company. 11,732 out of 75,000 total pieces of waste collected belonged to Coke, adding up to more than three times the next three biggest polluters combined.
The good news is that they’re pretty damn aware of it. The company recently unveiled the world’s first bottle created using the recycled plastic waste from the ocean. They teamed up with Dutch startup Ioniqa Technologies and Indorama Venture to created recycling technology means lower-grade plastics can now be broken down and reformed into the materials that can be used to create food-grade quality PET plastic.
The recent findings by Break Free From Plastics again highlight the pollution crisis corporations have contributed to when using single-use plastic packaging. Other company mentions in the audit are Mondelez International, PepsiCo and Nestle.