Last year, an audit of plastic pollution found that Nestlé is one of the top three plastic polluters in the world. In 2017, 98% of its products, including beverages, were packaged in single-use packing. The corporation produced 1.7 million tonnes of plastic last year as a result of its throwaway packaging. The numbers keep increasing, despite the fact that single-use plastic pollutes the environment and also destroys communities.
“It’s time to focus on real solutions and stop plastic pollution at the source. We demand the end of the single use plastics. We have had enough,” said Merci Ferres, part of the Break Free from Plastics movement in the Philippines. According to another source from GreenPeace Kenya, “Nestlé is one of the top 3 polluters in the world, and it’s the time that this stops. So we are handing over these requests to Nestlé, so they can put a stop to plastic pollution.” A video produced by Greenpeace asked: “What do you do when something you love is in danger? When your life is threatened by greed and waste? You gather your courage, channel your creativity, and get to work. Coming together to protect what matters like our lives depend on it. Because they do. The oceans sustain all life on Earth. Now they need our help, and we all have a part to play.” A national broadcasting channel, KTN, has aired information about the effects of the production of plastics on the world. A recent study indicated that plastic takes 450 years to decompose.
In a recent peaceful demonstration by Greenpeace Kenya against Nestlé in Nairobi, Kenya, the activists had some of Nestlé’s waste and demanded that they stop the production of single-use plastics. The activists wanted to show people that the single-use plastics they use have had a major effect on the marine ecosystem. They demand a ban on single-use plastic production in Africa. Europe has banned single-use plastic cups, plates, and cutlery, while straws will be banned in the European Union (EU) in 2021. The goal is to clean up the oceans. Marine litter is approximately 80% plastic. The EU also set a target of collecting 90% of plastic bottles by 2029. Currently, 30% of Europe’s plastic waste is collected for recycling. Furthermore, a child in Sweden has started an organization called The Brave, which reaches out to youths and teaches them that their future is at risk. Many young people have been holding peaceful demonstrations to ask their governments to comply with the Paris Agreement. The founder of The Brave has dedicated all her Fridays to sit outside of the Swedish Parliament to tell leaders they need to stop supporting the pollution of the environment. In Kenya, Greenpeace has released a petition for the public to sign so that Nestlé can be banned from producing single-use plastics.
Having started the campaign Break Free from Plastics, and having handed over requests to Nestlé, we are hoping that the message will reach everyone around the globe. We are the the first generation to feel the impact of climate change, and the first to do something about it. We need to ban single-use plastics. Global warming, climate change, and ocean pollution are taking over. Remember to break free from the single use of plastics.