Have you ever wondered what the 10 companies that pollute the world the most? This investigation has been done by observing the origin of plastic waste, as well as the number of products reported by all these companies, you would be surprised at the number of companies that today are part of your daily life and without knowing it, considerably damage the planet.
Plastic pollution is one of the most serious
Single-use plastics are seen as the material that most affects ecosystems. They are not biodegradable and abound: in containers, in plastic cutlery, in bags, packaging, etc. In addition, they are manufactured in industrial quantities, when you go to the supermarket, stop for a moment and analyze the products, you will realize that many are packaged and protected by products or derivatives of plastic that cannot even be reused.
Here we present a list of the 10 companies that generate the most of these plastics. Under the current climate context, it is necessary to call attention to reduce and eliminate the use of this material: The time has come for recycling and the circular economy!
1.- Coca-Cola Company
Bad news! Coca Cola heads this list for the third consecutive year. In 2020, 13,834 plastics were collected in 13 countries. The most serious thing is that the amount increased this year, compared to the previous one.
In fact, it was recently named the company with the largest plastic footprint on earth in a report prepared by the Dutch foundation Changing Markets who also ensures that this company annually produces 2.9 million tons of plastic containers. So from this moment on, when you drink Coca-Cola, think about this terrible number and consider that the vast majority of these plastics unfortunately end up in the sea.
If Coca-Cola is the queen of plastics, this company is not exempt from belonging to the terrible polluting royalty, since, It has also been at the top of the lists of the most harmful companies for the environment for three consecutive years.. And despite being aware of the environmental impact generated by their products, and that year after year they commit to reducing their footprint, the reality is that by 2020 the production of plastics by this company increased by 46.5%, with packaging waste being soft drinks and bags of Doritos the predominant waste.
This company includes Kitkat, Nescafé and Nestea. It is the company that has increased its pollution generation the most. Between 2019 and 2020, it experienced a 47% increase in the amount of waste. Nestlé, like many other companies, year after year reiterate their commitment to the environment and use campaigns of all kinds to reaffirm this fact, however their actions and annual results do not correlate properly, while marketing goes one way, its plastic production goes the other.
Did you know her? Probably not! but if you perhaps know the products it distributes, since they are presented under other names, here we present some of them: Dove, Axe, Ponds, Lipton among other. During 2020 the company generated approximately 5,558 residues, that is to say, of 50 countries that were inspected, 37 presented high levels of contamination by plastics. Not to mention that these data increase year after year, companies like these that are also not known by anyone, gain ground in the commercial environment, but subtract from the planet.
5.- Mondelēz International
It encompasses the Oreo, Cadbury and Lefèvre-Utile brands. During 2019 he had a lot of criticism for the excess of plastic garbage that pollutes. However, the company has made efforts to minimize waste, although insufficient, it could be said that at least has lowered its position in the list of polluting companies.
Includes brands: M&M’s, Wrigley and Snickers. The packaging of these products have been found in seas, jungles and in unthinkable places. Unfortunately, this company does not adopt any kind of accurate position regarding the climate and environmental crisis. By 2020 they were collected 678 plastic waste in 32 countriesand at the moment, the company still does not comment on the matter.
7.- Proctel & Gamble
Manufacturer of brands such as Tampax, Ariel and Pantene. Without changing its creation of single-use products, which places this firm as one of the most polluting companies on the planet. By 2020, 3,535 residual plastics were found in 29 of the 55 countries where the project was carried out, compared to previous years, the numbers are exactly the same, currently, the climate crisis requires paradigm shifts and commercial evolution, perhaps it is time for P&G to set its sights on another course.
8. Phillip Morris International
The largest tobacco company in the world, which has the products of Marlboro, Merit and Parliament. It has risen to the eighth position in the world, as its packs and plastic wrappers have unduly multiplied, to be exact, 2,593 pieces were registered in a total of 28 countries. This company promotes habits that harm the health of people and the environment, it is currently considered highly harmful.
A manufacturer known in the world, but that is not careful about the generation of plastic waste. It has remained on the list of the 10 most polluting companies despite the criticism received. The packaging of their products is unsustainable from where you lookbeginning with the indiscriminate use of plastics to the use of palm oil in their products, a factor that also contributes strongly to deforestation worldwide.
10.- Perfetti Van Melle
Responsible for Chupa Chups, Mentos and Alpenliebe. Too many non-biodegradable wrappers have given this manufacturer a bad name. A situation that does not seem to improve in the short or medium term. Last year, for example, 1090 pieces were registered in 17 countries, although the amount of waste that has been found from this company in different countries has decreased, the demand for their products is increasing every day.
In general, all plastics and their derivatives unfortunately end up in the sea, completely affecting marine life and also our health. ORA plastic bottle takes up to 1,000 years to disappear. completely, what happens in its biodegradation process is the fragmentation of the plastic into tiny particles, which are ingested many times (if not the vast majority of the time) by animals of ecological and commercial importance, we must understand that the health of the planet is also our healthand as consumers we are also responsible for demanding environmentally friendly production methods from industries.
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To do? Well, one way to put a stop to it is for users and buyers of the products of these companies that generate waste that pollutes the world.