Are Coca-Cola and other soft drinks companies doing enough to save our seas?


11th April 2017

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.”

Are Coca-Cola and other soft drinks companies doing enough to save our seas?


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gaggy116 · 4 years ago

they are people just aren't choosing to recycle them, and that is out of coca cola's control

shpee · 4 years ago

Well, if that's happening, no.

lightning · 4 years ago

I see rubbish on beaches everywhere

uniquepika · 4 years ago

They should create a material that cannot touch water.

phoebelq · 4 years ago

Coke need to make it more obviouse that their bottles and cans are recyclable. I didn't now that they were until I read this article!

Sashgirl06 · 4 years ago

I don't think soft drinks companies are doing enough to save our seas. But just because they aren't doing enough, doesn't mean we can't still do our bit to save the seas. Let's try and protect the ocean and all the creatures that live in it!

rocker26 · 4 years ago

Personally, I think that the government should be much more harsh on recycling plastic bottles. I see rubbish at the beach every time I visit.

ninjahari · 4 years ago

We should stop the COCA COLA* pollution!

schwab1 · 4 years ago

yes - what more can they do?
I blame the people buying the drinks not the producers

AlanaH10 · 4 years ago

Why can't everyone get involved!

ees · 4 years ago

Soft drinks are thrown almost everywhere.
soft drinks are not even good for you!

orangebob9 · 4 years ago

No they aren't as I've just been told that there is a gigantic raft on the ocean(can be seen from space)Floating around With plastic bottles on.I mean just recycle them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ees · 4 years ago

Fanta has to much sugar in it.
But that is not all. Things like fanta have to much sugar inside them.

evadore · 4 years ago

I'm not sure. I don't think it's really Coca-Cola's fault, I think it's more OUR fault for littering. In my opinion it should be illegal to litter, because it spoils everything. >:(

tillster · 4 years ago

People aren't choosing to recycle and that's not Coca Cola's fault, and when someone buys the drink they can't do anything if they litter. So I think they need to try and do more to stop polluting the ocean.

anima1 · 4 years ago

Biodegradable bottles might solve the problem. Or make the bottles smaller so that they use less plastic. Or maybe both...

apple958 · 4 years ago

I don't think coca cola can do anything, people should not throw litter in to the sea. Maybe coca cola could advertise not to throw bottles in to the sea.

CATz01 · 4 years ago

Yes. It is not soft drink companies fault that people who buy their drinks chuck them in the sea or dispose them in a way that reaches the sea.

harryrocks · 4 years ago

I agree with phoebelq, although I did know that Coca Cola bottles were recyclable, it is quite clear that quite a few people don't.

lolyolo · 4 years ago

Coca Cola are trying to be more eco-friendly, but they are such a big company that they can do much, much more.

sangn08 · 4 years ago

Coca Cola can't do anything so it's not actually their fault. It's the people's fault for not recycling the bottles. I agree with gaggy116

norensanz · 4 years ago

no they should help as well its not just us

norensanz · 4 years ago

I don't even like coke anyway so it's not my fult

yabadaber2 · 4 years ago

whenever i go to the beach i see bottles with the two words COCA COLA written on it!!!

banjoblaze · 4 years ago

Although Coca-cola may be doing their bit, many soft drink company are probably still ignoring the protests. Citizens and tourists are littering, too. This affects creatures like sea turtles, fish and dolphins, remember! ??

banjoblaze · 4 years ago

I accidentally put yes but I meant no. ?

happy4456 · 4 years ago

No. I think this because Coke is a very famous brand so therefore, a lot of people will buy it. Litterers tend to have a habit of throwing things into the sea, and this will cause pollution(due to the litterers). Already, these soft drinks brands are beginning to grow very infamous to people who want to stop pollution and not enough people want to help.

radishes10 · 4 years ago

Coke company could make their bottles out of much better materials, but still it's not their fault people decide to litter. Littering should be illegal.?

penzere16 · 4 years ago

I don't think soft drinks companies are doing enough to save our seas. But just because they aren't doing enough, doesn't mean we can't still do our bit to save the seas. Let's try and protect the ocean and all the creatures that live in it!

nbeausang · 4 years ago

I think if they showed more people the bottles were recyclable then it would be easier but also we have to make sure we help

ernie4545 · 4 years ago

coca cola is using so much useless plastics in their packaging which people through into seas

radishes10 · 4 years ago

I think the most common bottle or litter I see when i go to the beach and other places is a plastic bottle with COCA-COLA written on it!THEY ARE JUST NOT DOING ENOUGH!!!!!!

Traindrive · 4 years ago

Coca Cola should introduce a ban on littering their bottles because they can use them again and people are just dumping them.

tigerpanda · 4 years ago

If people started to recycle more, our ocean would be a much cleaner, happier place?????????

ZENCE40 · 4 years ago

I see lots of plastic bottles, and just litter in general everywhere, but I think it is mainly just the people's fault, not the companies, although they probably could try harder.

coolguy · 4 years ago

No they are NOT doing anything ???

banjoblaze · 4 years ago

Radishes10- littering IS illegal. You get fined if you're seen doing it.

migspigs · 4 years ago

has anyone seen that at the London zoo they have a plastic bottle display in the aquarium

nizam235 · 4 years ago

Any one who litters pay 5 pounds? This rule will make no one litter.

lavish01 · 4 years ago

They should design a type of plastic that dissolves when it is put in sea water.

sadact · 4 years ago

I cant believe that some people dont know that plastic bottles are recylable! Bottle is dropped in street, wind blows bottles into streams, streams to rivers, river to sea.
They should use glass and give a refund for returning the bottle.

deadpool13 · 4 years ago


antrabbit · 4 years ago

It's actually our fault, not the company's. If they produce recyclable materials, we should recycle the materials, not dump them or put them in the general waste bin. I voted yes.

wren · 4 years ago

I think they should do more. They should prioritise doing more to save the planet over advertising and money-making. The bosses of Coca Cola have plenty of wealth already, but the ocean is rapidly losing its wealth because of all the plastic.

tincan · 4 years ago

no because there is still lots of litter in the seas and i have seen plenty of soft drink bottles/cans lying on the beaches and floating in the sea

Eris2005 · 4 years ago

They need to make it more obvious that the cans and bottles are recyclable. Then if people don't recycle the bottles/cans it would be their fault not cokes

owly · 4 years ago

Go litter picking

kawaii101 · 4 years ago

We need to protect our seas from all the litter that's polluting it! (My answer was no)

catonclan · 4 years ago

You should be doing as much as you can to save the environment! They are not doing a enough! )-:

1234 · 4 years ago

save our seas

bean0811 · 4 years ago

I don't think they're doing enough, simply because there's nothing much they can do! It's not Coca Cola's fault that people are throwing they're product in the sea. If anything, it's just having a bad influence on Coke, although they cannot do anything about it.

orangebob9 · 4 years ago

No.they are not

ponysunite · 4 years ago

they are just causing the problem of littering and it all goes to the great pacific garbage patch which is wher the sea is 100m deep full of rubish and sadly fish die from this horrendous mess so soon fish will be extinct and there won't be much food for lots of their preditors. Maybe we could have coca-cola bins that are made continuasly into new bottle this would certainly be a soloution to this immense problem.

isabelho · 4 years ago

They could put on the bit that says Coca-Cola in big letters PUT IN BIN!!!

amynatalie · 4 years ago

coke should have a BIG recycle sign on every single one of their bottles and cans

amynatalie · 4 years ago

Also next to all bins their should be one for recyclable materials

Karen06 · 4 years ago

Our world would be the dirtiest and filthiest place ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

nutellaxxx · 4 years ago

no , the are too busy putting peoples names on the back of the bottles to worry about pollution clearly!

girlywirly · 4 years ago

No because hundreds of animals in the sea die every day because of plastic bottles and other items getting thrown or put in the sea.

leahpanda4 · 4 years ago

I think that they should have a bigger sign saying that it's recyclable on the and and bottles because lots of drink bottles aren't recyclable. I also think it would be good to make a Coca Cola advert purely for recycling as it will reach all of the world and alert them about it.

ninjahari · 4 years ago

I vote yes and agree with "gaggy16"

zeushades8 · 4 years ago


gummybear3 · 4 years ago

They aren't doing enough to stop the plastic we need no more plastic we a water bubble instead of plastic!

amberspell · 4 years ago

No way! I am a big supporter of Greenpeace, and think that Coca Cola should take responsibility.

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katkid10 · 1 year ago

Cola makes 100 billion bottles a year!