CocaCola, Pepsi, Nestlé named as worst plastic polluters of the world

CocaCola, Pepsi, Nestlé named as worst plastic polluters of the world

A global organization looking at a future free of plastic pollution, Break Free from Plastic (BFP) recently published their annual audit report which placed Coca-Cola Company as the worst plastic pollution and f the world for the third year in a row.


The world’s biggest soda company had more plastic waste than the next two top polluters included, namely PepsiCo and Nestlé, who also retained their third consecutive year on a list of 10 worst plastic polluters behind Coca-Cola.

To compile the 2020 report, the BFP has mobilized 14 734 volunteers in 55 countries to conduct 575 product research. The volunteers collected 346,494 pieces of plastic waste, 63% of which were readable by the name of the product.

Volunteers found 13,834 pieces of plastic garbage with a clear Coca-Cola label in 51 countries. This represents a significant increase in plastic pollution as Coca-Cola accounted for 11 732 pieces of plastic waste in 37 countries last year.

On the other hand, 5,155 PepsiCo-branded garbage cans were collected in 43 countries, and 8,633 Nestlé waste pieces were found in 37 countries.

The  complete list of the world’s 10 worst plastic polluters according to the BFP annual audit report are as follows:

  1. Coca-Cola
  2. PepsiCo
  3. Nestlé
  4. Unilever
  5. Mondelēz
  6. Mars
  7. P&G
  8. Philip Morris International
  9. Colgate-Palmolive
  10. Perfetti Van Melle

The global polluting companies claim that they are working hard to solve plastic pollution, but instead, they continue to produce plastic packages that use the same dangerous product, according to BFP reports.

The report further urges companies to urgently reduce the amount of plastic used once and to renew their product delivery systems so that they can go beyond plastic alone.