Environment: Plastic Pollution: Coca-Cola Nasty Plastic Problem + Video

  – Sandrine Rigaud | DW

 By 2050, there could be more plastic than fish in the sea. Ten tons of plastic are produced every second.

Sooner or later, a tenth of that will end up in the oceans. Coca-Cola says it wants to do something about it – but does it really?

In January 2018, Coca-Cola made an ambitious announcement:

The brand, which sells 120 billion plastic bottles every year, promised a “world without waste” by 2030.

Filmmaker Sandrine Rigaud was skeptical about this ostensibly noble resolution. In Tanzania, for example, far from the company’s American headquarters, a different picture emerges. 

Here everyone waits for red-and-white buses; walks by red-and-white walls; and the children play with red-and-white equipment in the playgrounds. The Coca-Cola logo is ubiquitous. But what is even more worrying is that history is repeating itself here.

As it did 50 years ago in the United States, Coca-Cola has been continuously replacing glass bottles with plastic ones since 2013. Coca-Cola Vice President Michael Goltzman tries to play down the problem, saying it’s not the plastic bottles themselves that are the problem, but the lack of suitable infrastructure in Tanzania.

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  • kamtanblog  On November 17, 2019 at 6:32 am

    Disgraceful !
    Hefty fines will certainly be step in right
    direction by various governments.

    Kamtan

  • Trevor  On November 17, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    Coca Cola and drinks used to sell in glass bottles, and every week a truck would collect the bottles and also sell drinks.

    These days, companies have no money to do this anymore, and plastic bottles are cheaper and less onerous to deal with than glass bottles for the companies.

    However, the cost savings are translated into higher environmental costs for governments and taxpayers who have to recycle or clean the plastic waste.

  • Clyde Duncan  On November 17, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    Tesco is a big supermarket chain in the UK. Within hours of the news that Tesco’s ‘all beef hamburgers’ contained 30% horse meat, these quips hit the Internet:

    I’m so hungry, I could eat a horse. I guess Tesco just listened!

    Anyone want a burger from Tesco? Yay or neigh?

    Not entirely sure how Tesco is going to get over this hurdle.

    Had some burgers from Tesco for supper last night. I still have a bit between my teeth.

    A woman has been taken into hospital after eating horse meat burgers from Tesco. Her condition is listed as stable.

    Tesco are now testing all their vegetarian burgers for traces of unicorn.

    “I’ve just checked the Tesco burgers in my freezer … “AND THEY’RE OFF!”

    Tesco is now forced to deny the presence of zebra in burgers, as shoppers confuse barcodes for serving suggestions.

    I said to my spouse, “These Tesco burgers give me the trots…

    “To beef or not to beef, that is equestrian”…..

    A cow walks into a bar. Barman says, “Why the long face?” Cow says “Illegal ingredients are coming over here stealing our jobs!”

    I hear the smaller version of those Tesco burgers make great horse d’oeuvres.

    These Tesco burger jokes are going on a bit. Talk about flogging a dead horse.

    Since they’re selling the meat wrapped in plastic, is that technically a “Trojan Horse?”

    Instead of choosing “rare, medium or well done, it’s now Win, Place or Show”

    At first, I thought, “Oh great, I’ve been saddled with another email to forward, but something spurred me on.”

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