Greenpeace urges Coca-Cola to stop ‘throwaway culture’

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Environmental campaigners have urged Coca-Cola to reduce its plastic footprint by stopping the use of single-use plastic bottles.

Greenpeace installed a “piece of art right” to the doorstep of Coca-Cola’s European office on 9 April in protest against what it described as “ocean plastic pollution”. 

“As the world’s largest soft drinks company, Coca-Cola has a special responsibility for the plastic that is wrecking our oceans,” the campaigner group said on 9 April.

According to Greenpeace data, Coke produces over 100 billion “throwaway” plastic bottles every year, which the campaigner group said mostly fail to be recovered.


Single-use plastic bottles, said Greenpeace, make up nearly 60% of all the drinks packaging Coke sells around the world.

“And these throwaway bottles are on the rise. Single-use plastic bottles make up 12% more of Coca-Cola’s packaging than they did a decade ago, while the proportion of refillable containers has dropped from just under a third to just a quarter,” the group claimed.

Greenpeace also claimed that Coca-Cola was “less than halfway” towards its 2015 target to use 25% pf recycled or renewable sources for the production of its bottles.  The recycled content figure, said Greenpeace, currently stands at 7% on average across Coca-Cola’s global plastic bottle sales. 

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