Earth Island Institute (EII) is suing Coke and Pepsi for creating a plastic pollution “nuisance” and misleading consumers about the recyclability of plastic, according to The Guardian.
The spokesman for EII says that the big companies continue to shirk responsibility for the damage caused by their packaging, even though evidence overwhelmingly suggests that large amounts of it is not being recycled. Much of it ends up in waterways, on streets, it ditches, and in landfills. One study suggests that only 10% of plastic is actually recycled.
Producers like Coke and Pepsi have thus far refused to investigate better methods of packaging. Indeed, as well as plastic bottles, they still use plastic six pack rings even though we have known these are hazardous to wildlife since the 1980s, and there are numerous petitions calling for an end to their use. Coke even recently doubled down on their continued use of plastic, saying that consumers wanted it.
If you wish to support Earth Institute’s lawsuit, you go to their site and donate to the cause. The donate link is on the upper right.