A tiny percentage of bottles are made from recycled plastics, according to a new Greenpeace report....
The world's biggest soft drinks producers are using just 6.6% recycled plastics in their bottles, effectively meaning that nearly an entire new container must be created for every drink that is sold.
The findings come from the first global survey of its kind by Greenpeace, which also revealed that these companies are selling more than two million tonnes of plastic every year.
The manufacturing practices of major industry players Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Suntory, Danone, Dr Pepper Snapple and Nestlé were the major industry players coming under Greenpeace's spotlight.
Five of these are responsible for the over two million tonnes – the same weight as over 10,000 blue whales. Coca-Cola, the largest brand, refused to disclose the size of its plastic footprint, making the actual total figure much higher.
Louise Edge, senior oceans campaigner at Greenpeace UK, said:
"The results are jaw-dropping. It’s clear that if we’re going to protect our oceans we need to end the age of throwaway plastic. These companies need to take drastic action now: phase out single-use plastic, embrace reusable packaging and make sure the remainder is made from 100% recycled content."
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Other key findings from thereport:
According to Greenpeace, packaging now accounts for a quarter of the 245 million tonnes of plastic that are used globally each year, making it the single most common use of plastic.
Just 14% of this plastic packaging is recycled globally, whilst a third of it escapes collection entirely.
PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles, most commonly used for soft drinks, make up the second largest category of plastic packaging used globally. In 2014, alone 530 billion PET bottles were produced across the world and their production is predicted to grow by 4.7% a year, meaning just shy of 650 billion plastic bottles are expected to be sold globally in 2019.