Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Nestle and Unilever are responsible for half a million tonnes of plastic pollution annually in the six developing countries examined in the report released by international aid agency Tearfund. Petrochemicals derived from oil and gas, which are carbon-rich fossil fuels, form the building blocks for plastic products. An earlier 2019 report from UK-based Tearfund found that up to a million people die every year in poor countries from illnesses caused by discarded waste and plastic pollution. The company was aiming for every plastic bottle to contain "at least 50% recycled plastic by 2030", it said, adding that the Tearfund report "raises some serious issues". Unilever also said in a statement it planned to help collect and process more plastic packaging than it sells by 2025.
Source: bd News24 March 31, 2020 12:22 UTC