Global blue chip companies have disclosed they produce 8m tonnes of plastic packaging annually, with Coca-Cola producing 3m tonnes.

Coca-Cola, Mars, Nestlé, Danone, Unilever, Colgate-Palmolive, Mars, Diageo, Carrefour,  SC Johnson and packaging giant Tetra Pak were all part of the 31 that revealed how much plastic packaging they create as part of a drive for transparency by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Nestle produced 1.7m tonnes, Colgate 287,008 tonnes and Unilever 610,000 tonnes.

The Guardian newspaper said the figures suggest that in 2017 Coca-Cola effectively produced more than a fifth of the world’s PET bottle output; this however, is likely a reflection of its position as the world’s leading soft drinks brand.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation said: “The decision by more than 30 companies to publicly disclose their annual plastic packaging volumes in the report is an important step towards greater transparency.

“We applaud the companies that are publishing this data and encourage all companies that make and use plastics to disclose their plastics footprint.”

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