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Coca-Cola produces 3 mn tonnes of plastic packaging

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has revealed for the first time that it produces 3 million tonnes of a year, which is equivalent to 200,000 a minute, a report said on Thursday.

The data was provided to Ellen MacArthur, who is pushing for major and governments to do more to tackle pollution, reported.

The figures, which the company has refused to disclose in the past, reveal the amount of produced in 2017.

It did not reveal the scale of its bottle production, but when its footprint is translated into 500 ml PET plastic bottles, it amounts to about 108 billion a year, more than a fifth of the world's PET bottle output of about 500 billion a year.

is one of 31 companies, including Mars, and Danone, that have revealed how much plastic packaging they create as part of a drive for transparency by the Foundation. Combined, they produce 8 million tonnes of plastic packaging a year.

But 150 other companies, including Pepsi Co, H&M, L'Oreal, Marks & Spencer, Burberry, which have signed up to MacArthur's global commitment to reduce plastic pollution, are still refusing to publicly disclose figures.

In the report, the Foundation said data published for the first time, alongside what say they are doing to tackle plastic pollution, offered a new level of transparency about and efforts to stop plastic waste and pollution.

"The decision by more than 30 to publicly disclose their annual plastic packaging volumes in the report is an important step towards greater transparency," it said.

"We applaud the companies that are publishing this data and encourage all companies that make and use to disclose their footprint," it added.



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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 15:38 IST