Drinks Companies Create Massive Plastic Pollution Footprint in the World
84 Football Fields Could Be Covered With Plastic Waste Daily for a Whole Year
Four of the international drinking companies are liable to cause massive plastic pollution across the planet due to which millions of humans are suffering. The massive plastic pollution contains more than half a million tons of waste material that are produced each year in six of the developing countries across the globe, which is enough to completely cover 83 football pitches every single day.
Cause of plastic pollution
According to the calculated amount by NGO Tearfund, massive plastic pollution in the form of emitting greenhouse gasses formed after burning plastic bottles, cartons, and sachets, which are being produced by major beverage companies including Coca Cola, PepsiCo, Unilever and Nestle in multiple developing countries.
The general population is living with this massive plastic pollution as they don’t have proper means of collection and management of proper waste disposal. During the waste disposal process by burning the plastic material, 4.6 million tons of carbon dioxide is eliminated and the root cause of increasing massive plastic pollution across the world, along with the deterioration of the ozone layer of the planet.
Most of the use of single-use plastic products consumption contributing to massive plastic pollution includes the areas of China, India, Nigeria, Brazil, Mexico, Philippines that are spread across three continents, which end up either being dumped or burned, both contributing majorly in increasing pollution footprint along with climatic crisis affecting all across the globe.
Multiple countries, causing massive plastic pollution are continuing the process to sell their beverage in single-use plastic containers despite knowing the outcomes, which include increased carbon footprint, the release of harmful gases in the environment which are toxic for humans, animals and plants alike along with not proper management of waste disposal.
Amount of plastic pollution across the planet
Major beverage companies are using single-use plastic containers for their products despite acknowledging the fact that their products are causing massive plastic pollution, which is being mismanaged into being burned or dumped. Multiple charity organizations are calling these major drinking companies to change their containers into more environment-friendly and reusable containers, but no decision has yet been taken by the authorities of the beverage companies.
Out of all the major companies liable to massive plastic pollution, Coca Cola creates the biggest plastic footprint in six different countries in the world which is calculated to be more than 200,000 tons of waste which are either dumped or burned in the open air which is enough to cover 33 football pitches daily with the depth of 10 cm.
PepsiCo is responsible for creating 137,000 tons of plastic waste every year material, which will be able to cover 22 football fields. Nestle has the capacity of creating 95,000 tons of plastic pollution over the span of one year that can easily cover 15 football fields completely a day. Unilever is producing the plastic waste of 70,000 tons, which can cover up 11 football pitches every day for one year.
Even though multiple NGOs are working towards reducing the amount of massive plastic pollution, which has covered up our surroundings, the rate of global plastic production is increasing every day and is expected to double the amount of waste material over the period of the next 10 years which will cause a deadly and toxic effect on the human lives due to increasing carbon footprint.
Due to the massive plastic pollution plaguing our environment, multiple major international companies are trying to reduce their carbon footprint by implying the usage of more environmentally friendly products with reusable packaging, which would help reduce the environmental pollution crisis across the globe, but this chain of events for a much better life would not be easily accessible for developing countries due to no availability of a proper waste management system.