Coca Cola would be the brand that pollutes the most with plastic waste ever, in the world. This is reported by an article published on Linkedin by Sébastien Poulin. Poulin explained: "Despite its well-proven greenwashing, Coca-Cola is the brand that generates the most plastic waste in the world, with 120 billion bottles produced every year, or 230,000 bottles per minute and 3,800 per second!
This is 20% more than in 2016, despite warnings from scientists about the state of the oceans. But Coca-Cola is also the pollution generated by the production of the plastic itself, from the extraction of fossils to its sale: 15 million tons of CO₂ emissions, or the footprint of 3 million cars for one year.
And all this without counting the damage caused by the brand to the health of consumers, here and elsewhere: particularly in Mexico and on the African continent, where the multinational is putting water and land on the corner for its industries.
Of course, if nobody bought it, it wouldn't sell. But in a world of publicity, alienation, misinformation, addictive junk food, and insecurity, the impetus won't come quickly enough from the people. Change can and will only come from a legal framework that finally criminalizes the devastating practices of these giants and the lies that accompany them.
In a world where Coca-Cola sponsors COP27, what can we expect from our institutions? All we have to do is fight in other ways, starting with re-information about ourselves."
Photo Credits: Linkedin page of Sébastien Poulin
Some controversies regarding Coca Cola
After several lobbying by the consumer protection organization Center for Science in the Public Interest, which has started a petition to the Food and Drug Administration to ban some carcinogenic dyes present in Coca-Cola, the multinational company has decided to change the recipe ( but only in California where the fact was reported).
The drink contains phosphoric acid which gives it a pH value of about 2.4, between that of gastric juice (pH 1.5) and that of vinegar (pH 3.0), the pH of the drink is not particularly harmful at the gastric level as the pH of the stomach normally reaches lower values, from 1 to 2.
The Coca Cola Company has always kept the list of ingredients confidential: among the reasons given by the company, one is that by law they are already present on the label, even if it is not made public, since the law does not requires it, the exact composition of the flavoring substances which are instead included under the generic legal indication of natural flavourings.
In May 2006, the state of California accused The Coca-Cola Company of importing and distributing bottles from Mexico with high lead content in the paint on the labels for at least four years. The company denied the allegations, unlike Pepsi, which for a similar accusation dated a few weeks earlier preferred to pay a $2.25 million fine and withdraw the suspect packages from the market.