Our oceans can't stomach any more plastic.
Studies show that up to 90% of seabirds now have plastic in their stomachs. We need to act urgently to stop plastic getting into our oceans. And we’re calling on Coca-Cola - the world’s biggest soft drinks company - to lead the way.
New figures show Coke produces over 110 billion single-use plastic bottles a year. As one of the world’s biggest brands, Coke has the power to change how its industry operates.
We need Coke to phase out single-use plastic bottles and invest in new alternatives. Sign the petition and tell Coca-Cola's global CEO: our oceans can’t stomach any more plastic.
So what's the issue?
Ocean plastic pollution is a global problem and one of the greatest threats that our oceans face. Up to 12 million metric tons of plastic enter our oceans every year – that is the equivalent of a garbage truck’s worth every minute.
Research shows that plastic bottles are one of the most commonly found items on beach cleans and on the ocean’s surface.
We surveyed the top six global soft drinks brands: Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Suntory, Danone, Dr. Pepper Snapple, and Nestlé. All companies except for Coca-Cola disclosed the size of their plastic footprint. However, we were able to look at Coke’s sustainability reports and we estimate that in 2016 the company produced over 110 billion single-use plastic bottles. That is the equivalent of over 3,400 bottles per second!
It can't be left up to consumers to solve the problem of plastic pollution. We can't simply recycle our way out of this mess. Companies need to take responsibility and tackle the problem where it starts – their own production.
As the world’s biggest soft drinks company, Coca-Cola bears a particular responsibility for the crisis our oceans are facing. And it has the means and influence across the sector to help end this flow of plastic pollution. Despite claiming to care about ocean plastics, Coca-Cola is hiding the scale of its plastic footprint and failing to take meaningful action to stop its products from polluting our seas. That's why we're calling out the global CEO and demanding Coca-Cola to take immediate action.