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Who are the top five plastic polluters in the world?

  • Published at 06:04 pm November 14th, 2019
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Protest against single use plastic in front of National Press Club on Thursday, November 14, 2019 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The major plastic polluters failed to manage their plastic wastes effectively

A brand audit report by Break Free from Plastic (BFFP) movement have identified Coca-Cola, Unilever, Nestlé, PepsiCo, and Mondelēz International as the top five plastic polluters in the world.

As part of Global Week of Action against single use plastic, Environment and Social Development Organization (ESDO), a partner organization of BFFP movement in Bangladesh, revealed the information through a press release in a human chain in front of National Press Club on Thursday.

More than 100 girl scouts and ESDO team members also joined this human chain.

According to the release, ESDO said the plastic pollution crisis seemed to grow day after day. The major plastic polluters failed to manage their plastic wastes effectively.

On the occasion of World Cleanup Day on September 21, 2019, individuals and organizations around the world mobilized their communities to conduct clean-up brand audits in order to hold these corporations accountable for the extensive use of single-use and throw-away plastic packaging in their products.


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About 72,541 volunteers in 51 countries conducted 484 cleanup events, and collected a total of 476,423 pieces of plastic waste around the world. 

Names of brands or companies were found in 43% of these wastes, whereas the brand names of the remaining 57% could not be identified. Based on these names, Coca Cola was identified as the top polluter while Unilever scored the second position worldwide.

BFFP is an international movement envisioning a future free from plastic pollution. Since its launch in September 2016, nearly 1,500 organizations from across the world have joined the movement to demand massive reductions in single-use plastics and to push for lasting solutions to the plastic pollution crisis.

The movement aims to reduce plastic waste by pressurizing companies through staging demonstrations globally against the top plastic polluters.

Plastic pollution occurs as plastic particles and objects stockpile on the Earth's surface and severely afflict land, waterways and oceans, including wildlife and plants. Plastic pollution is a very real and growing threat to human health and environment.

The chemical structure of most plastics renders them resistant to many natural processes of degradation and as a result they disintegrate easily.