Plastic pollution has become a global crisis, and corporations are the primary producers of plastic waste.
However, corporations often shift the blame onto consumers, suggesting that it is individual behaviour that drives plastic consumption. In reality, consumers have limited control over the amount of plastic waste generated by corporations.
Netflix’s recent documentary exposes the blame often placed on the consumer rather than corporations taking responsibility.
Corporations produce the majority of plastic waste
According to a report by the Break Free From Plastic movement, just 20 companies are responsible for producing more than half of all the single-use plastic waste in the world.
These companies include Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Nestle, and Unilever, among others. These corporations produce billions of plastic bottles, packaging, and other single-use plastic items every year, which ultimately end up in landfills or the ocean.
Therefore, it is unfair to blame consumers for the plastic waste crisis when corporations produce such vast amounts of plastic.
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Consumers have limited control over plastic waste
Consumers are often criticized for not recycling enough or not using reusable bags and bottles. However, these individual actions pale in comparison to the amount of plastic waste generated by corporations.
For example, Coca-Cola produces over three million tonnes of plastic packaging every year, which is equivalent to 200,000 plastic bottles every minute. It is unrealistic to expect consumers to offset this level of plastic production through individual actions.
Furthermore, many consumers do not have access to recycling facilities or affordable alternatives to single-use plastic products, making it even more challenging to reduce their plastic consumption.
But this doesn’t have to be the case.
What’s the best packaging?
Packaging doesn’t have to cost the earth. With more and more companies standing up for what’s right and producing recyclable products for businesses to consider.
With packaging options that do cater to both the planet and the profit margins, it does make us wonder why more companies are taking the plunge.
The best thing for a company to ethically navigate through the plastic swamp is to start with a company that understands sustainability deeper than just a buzz word.
Tyler packaging has the planet in mind with every product they produce.
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