Coca Cola, Pepsi and other major brands call for a global pact to avoid plastic pollution

international brands like Coca Cola, PepsiCo, Unilever and Nestlé called on Monday for a global pact to combat plastic pollution which includes cuts in the production of this material, a key area for the oil industry, Fox Business published.

According to information at the end of 2022, world officials and large companies will meet at a conference of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 5.2), to address the problem of plastic waste that it is choking landfills, plundering the oceans and killing wildlife.

From the information provided so far, it is not known whether the agreement will focus on waste management and recycling or take tougher measures, such as curbing the production of new plastic, a move that could face resistance from US oil and chemical giants. main plastic-producing countries such as the United States.

The joint statement filed this Monday includes more than 70 consumer goods companies with an international presence, selling a wide variety of single-use plastic productsfrom shampoo to chocolate bars, as well as retailer Walmart and French bank BNP Paribas.

“We are at a critical time to establish an ambitious UN treaty,” the statement said, noting that any deal should “reduce the production and use of virgin plastic.” “UNEA 5.2 is the defining and most auspicious moment to turn the tide on the global plastic pollution crisis. We cannot afford to lose it”, says the letter.

The prior statement to UNEA notes that the problem of plastic pollution is cross-border in nature and generates significant negative impacts on our environment, society, and economy.

A holistic and coordinated international response that addresses the problems at their source is urgently needed to effectively stop the leakage of plastic into nature.

The document describes that it is necessary implement a circular economy for plastics that contribute to efforts to address climate change and biodiversity lossat the same time that it will generate positive social and economic impacts.

The declaration includes broad and open policies, with the goal of keeping plastics in the economy and out of the environment, reducing the production and use of virgin plastics, and decoupling the production of plastics from the consumption of fossil resources.

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