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Coca-Cola: Stop Polluting Our Oceans and Beaches!

Coca-Cola: Stop Polluting Our Oceans and Beaches!

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This petition has been created by Gisselle R. and may not represent the views of the Avaaz community.
Gisselle R.
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James Quincey, CEO of Coca-Cola Alpa Sutaria, VP and Manager of Sustainability
Marine plastic pollution is an environmental issue that not only affects marine life but also poses a threat to human life. It is the waste and contamination of chemicals that harm the oceanic ecosystems due to human littering. Currently, an estimated 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic waste in our oceans and approximately 8 million new pieces also find their way into our oceans every day. (1)

In the Pacific Ocean, a garbage patch consisting mostly of plastic is twice the size of Texas; overall marine debris makes 80% of the oceans. (2) Coca-Cola has directly contributed to the issue by the continued use of non-recyclable plastic along with Cola consumers who litter. Forbes named Coca-Cola one of the top three World’s Most Polluting Companies for three years in a row, and unfortunately, Coca-Cola plastic products take hundreds of years to break down which destroys the livelihood of marine animals. Experts estimate that about 100,000 marine animals and 1 million seabirds are killed every year due to plastic pollution. (3) Although consumers are becoming aware of plastic pollution and attempting to recycle, each year plastic production increases, and experts estimate that plastic will outweigh fish by 2050 . (4) Recent studies have discovered microplastic particles in human organs . These have been traced down to dissolved plastic in the oceans eaten by the animals we consume. Such ingestion can increase the risk of cancer and other serious illnesses. (5)

Coca-Cola has the power , the resources, and the ability to become green and as the leading soda company in the U.S, they can pave the way for other companies to become more sustainable.

We demand the following from Coca-Cola:
  • Start a clean-up program for our oceans that gives the public constant updates on the efficiency of the project while also encouraging their consumers to recycle.
  • Manufacture a bottle made from 100% recyclable materials (cap and label included), and become an innovator in their industry by creating biodegradable packaging.
  • Discontinue the use of non-recyclable plastic bottles by the year 2027.
  • Instead of patenting the two, make the composition of the packaging and the bottle public so all manufacturers can switch to biodegradable materials and eventually stop using one-use plastics altogether.

These efforts will drastically help save marine life and our planet. The planet that has provided us with everything and deserves your help.

(1) Condor Ferries (Marine and Ocean Pollution, 2021)
(2) IUCN (Marine Plastics, 2018)
(3) Maeve Campbell, WORLD OCEANS DAY… (Euronews: Living, 2020)
(4) Center for International Environmental Law, Plastic (2015)
(5) Damian Carrington, Microplastic particles now discoverable in human organs (The Guardian, 2020)

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