Coca-Cola and PepsiCo ranked as Bangladesh’s leading plastic polluters
Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have been ranked as the Bangladesh’s leading plastic polluters for the fifth consecutive year.
The rankings, were released on Oct. 17, 2022 by “Environment and Social Development Organization (ESDO)”, a local movement to demand massive reductions in single-use plastics and to push for lasting solutions to the plastic pollution crisis.
ESDO came up with the worrying findings on Monday at a virtual news conference in Dhaka.
ESDO said it conducted survey in three major Bangladesh cities including Dhaka, Khulna and Chattogram under “Brand Audit 2022”
with the support of more than 250 volunteers who collected around 30,862 pieces of plastic waste with a weight of 166.1877 kg.
After the wastes were sorted and the brands were recorded in the data cards, the audit record identified major 38 local and 14 international companies producing near about 220 product brands in total.
ESDO said the total list is dominated mainly by Coca-Cola with 20.78 percent of the total waste collected under “Brand Audit 2022”.
The rest of the collected wastes were named for Pepsico (15.60 percent), local Pran-RFL group (9.63 percent) followed by Unilever (6.5 percent), local Partex Group (5.08 per cent), local Akij Group (3.63 per cent), Nestle (5.1 per cent), local Bombay Sweets limited (3.07 per cent), and other multinational and local corporations.
ESDO Chairperson Syed Marghub Murshed told journalists that single-use plastic has disastrous consequences not only for the environment but also for human health.
He urged the companies to take responsibility for the plastic pollution they are causing.