From beaches in Southeast Asia to the remote Antarctic, plastic pollution is everywhere, harming animals like turtles and seabirds and affecting human health. Scientists have even found microplastics in the air we breathe and the food we eat.1 And because most plastic is made from fracked gas and oil, it is also impacting the climate. To truly tackle this crisis globally, we call on companies and world leaders to step up and drive change.
It’s time to demand that massive consumer goods companies like Coca-Cola, Nestlé, PepsiCo, and Unilever reject unnecessary throwaway plastics. There is no human health without planetary health, and these companies must embrace a green and just future by investing in reusable systems that keep public health and workers’ rights at their core.
We also need a solution that matches the scale of the problem: A global treaty on plastic. A strong global treaty means keeping oil and gas in the ground, big brands switching to refill and reuse systems, and governments working in solidarity with frontline communities to end the plastic pollution crisis.
Greenpeace, along with our supporters and allies, call on governments to start negotiating a treaty that acknowledges plastic starts polluting the moment it is created, and must address its full life cycle of pollution. This commitment must be legally binding, there is no time for empty promises.
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