STOP polluting our oceans with plastic!
That was the message from Greenpeace protesters outside Coca-Cola’s London HQ this week.
The environmental group say 16 million plastic bottles are dumped in the UK every single day. Coca-Cola is the world’s biggest soft drinks company and Greenpeace wants it to lead the way in how the whole industry uses plastic.
Greenpeace says Coca-Cola produces 100 billion throwaway plastic bottles each year and billions of these end up on beaches, in landfill sites and in the sea.
Louisa Edge from Greenpeace says: “We’re calling on Coca-Cola to ditch throwaway plastic, embrace reusable packaging and make sure the remaining packaging is made from 100% recycled content. 90% of seabirds have been found to have ingested [eaten] plastic. Our oceans simply
can’t stomach any more of Coca-Cola’s plastic.”
A Coca-Cola Great Britain spokesperson said: “We’re proud to say that all of our cans and bottles are 100% recyclable and they have been since 2012. This means that every one of them can be recycled at home or on the go. Our aim is to use at least 40% renewable or recycled materials in our packaging by 2020, but to do that we need everyone’s help. The more bottles and cans that are given back through recycling, the more recycled material there is available for us to buy and use in new bottles and cans.
“We recognise marine litter is a global problem affecting the world’s oceans. We need to work with experts to find solutions to stopping litter in the ocean. We don’t have the answers yet, but we know it’s a vital issue to address.”