Plastic IS political

THE TOP TEN

The Top Ten Corporate Plastic Polluters in 2019 were (compiled by Break Free From Plastic):

  1. Coca-Cola,
  2. Nestlé
  3. PepsiCo
  4.  Mondelēz International
  5. Unilever
  6. Mars
  7. Procter & Gamble
  8. Colgate-Palmolive
  9. Phillip Morris,
  10. Perfetti Van Melle

 

It is NOT ENOUGH to act at the downstream end, and expect consumers to change when there is NO ALTERNATIVE FOR THEM TO USE!
 
Speaking to The Story of Stuff, Froilan Grate, President of Mother Earth Foundation, said:
The zero-waste program allows us to identify which products are beyond the capacity of a community to manage, which allows us then to engage the right people – in this case, corporations who are producing these products and packaging to either eliminate, redesign or think of alternative delivery systems, because if one community cannot manage it, one city cannot manage it. Maybe the reality is that it’s not manageable.
The only way for us to address a specific product that is problematic, it’s to not create it in the first place.
 
We have tried to work with some corporations to address this problem, but what do they tell us? “At this point, they are not made responsible for that” and that is what we want to change.
 
That companies should stop that mindset that their responsibility stops once they sell it.
 
They have to be responsible for the entire life cycle of the products that they produce. The solutions have to come from headquarters. These are typically in the US and in Europe.
 

AS A CITIZEN, IT IS MY DUTY TO CHOOSE POLITICIANS TO PUT LAWS IN PLACE TO SHAPE THE FUTURE OF PACKAGING.

1. VOTE for people who are not owned by big oil companies.
2. PETITION for change at a local government level.
3. WRITE to your local, regional and national representatives about the NEED FOR CHANGE.
4. STAND for local office.

AS A CONSUMER, IT IS MY DUTY TO INSIST THAT CORPORATIONS CHANGE THEIR POLICIES. BUT HOW?

1. If you are a SHAREHOLDER in one of these companies, demand change.
2. Vote with your wallet and SUPPORT companies who echo your values..
3. WRITE to a company and ask them to change their packaging.
4. If you have ANY power or influence, PLEASE USE IT.