Coca-Cola releases plastic packaging usage figures

Photo by Coca-Cola UK Coca-Cola bottles in production

Coca-Cola has revealed it produced three million tonnes of plastic packaging in 2017. This figure is equivalent to 200,000 PET bottles per minute, or about 108bn bottles per year.

The information was supplied to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which has been campaigning for companies and governments to do more to help reduce plastic pollution.

This is reported to be the first time Coca-Cola has revealed the amount of plastic it produces. In total, 31 companies released details about their plastics usage. Others include Nestle (1.7m tonnes per annum), Danone (750,000) and Unilever (610,000).

The foundation commented: “The decision by more than 30 companies to publicly their annual plastic packaging volumes in the report is an important step towards greater transparency.”

The majority of the 150 companies which signed up to the foundation’s global commitment to reduce plastic waste have declined to release plastic usage figures.

Indorama and Borealis are the only plastic raw material producers which have signed up to the foundation’s programme.