coca-cola won't ban plastic bottles because its customers still want to use them

coca-cola won't ban plastic bottles because its customers still want to use them

coca-cola has said it won’t abandon plastic bottles because its consumers still like them. speaking at the world economic orum in davos, switzerland, the brand’s head of sustainability, bea perez, said that customers like the standard plastic packaging because it is resealable and lightweight.


‘business won’t be in business if we don’t accommodate consumers,’ perez told the BBC. ‘so as we change our bottling infrastructure, move into recycling and innovate, we also have to show the consumer what the opportunities are. they will change with us.’


‘regardless of where it comes from, we want every package to have more than one life,’ the company’s CEO, james quincey, previously said in a statement to the press discussing its sustainability mission.

coca-cola won't ban plastic bottles because its customers still want to use them

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in october 2019, designboom reported that coca-cola was named the most polluting brand for the second year in a row, according to a report by the activist group break free from plastic. the soda company produces 3 million tonnes (3.3 million US tons) of plastic packaging per year, coca-cola revealed for the first time in march 2019.


‘recent commitments by corporations like coca-cola, nestlé, and pepsico to address the crisis unfortunately continue to rely on false solutions like replacing plastic with paper or bioplastics and relying more heavily on a broken global recycling system,’ it said in a press release announcing break free from plastic’s report.

coca-cola won't ban plastic bottles because its customers still want to use them

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‘these strategies largely protect the outdated throwaway business model that caused the plastic pollution crisis, and will do nothing to prevent these brands from being named the top polluters again in the future.’


last year, coca-cola also unveiled an initial edition of 300 plastic bottles created using recycled plastic waste from the ocean. by 2030, it has committed to having all of its packaging made from at least 50% recycled material and to to collect or recycle a bottle or can for each one it sells in that time frame.


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  • this company has a lot of responsibility, the users don’t “want” plastic bottles, is just the easiest for Coca Cola to say that

  • I think if you cannot control a people’s harmful habits then you need to levy a graded tax on the distributors who make such items and limit forward production to a % of already distributed product with the proceeds to fund scavengers to cash them in for reuse – so the producer has an incentive to increase production. There must be a loop that does not include the Earth’s rivers and oceans.


    Jimmy Xi
  • put a 25 cent deposit on each container.

    james wombat
  • The question should be: “how do plastic bottles and other disposables reach rivers and oceans”?
    It will soon be understood that the greatest responsibility would never be for those who produce the packaging, but for those responsible for managing and processing the collection of disposable material.
    It is clear that everyone must collaborate, not only the manufacturers, but the people and the public administration.
    However, it is easier to blame others than to lift the backside of rich and comfortable political chairs.

    Sérgio Werneck de Figueiredo

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