Monday, April 15, 2024

New international treaty to fight plastic pollution in oceans


Some of the world’s top plastic producers, including PepsiCo and Coca-Cola, are joining a plea for a new international treaty to fight plastic pollution in the oceans. The demand comes after a devastating report highlights how more than 11M tons of discarded plastic, equivalent to the weight of around 60K blue whales, are dumped into the sea each year.

In March 2020, Earth Island Institute filed a lawsuit against the top ten plastic polluters, including Coca-Cola, Nestlé, and PepsiCo, to hold the companies accountable for their plastic pollution share.

The big-named drinks companies have continuously been slated in research on plastic pollution. Thankfully, they’re finally stepping up to the plate. Now, they’ve joined the push by environmental charities for a United Nations (UN) treaty demanding governments to create a global agreement on plastic pollution.

Almost 30 companies, including Mars, Danone, H&M, Nestlé, Unilever, and Tesco, have backed the call, making it the first such collective corporate action ever. The more companies join, the better the results will be. Therefore, organizers advise as many private companies to join. Read more…

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