Top Ten Plastic Polluters - PepsiCo

Last year I decided to take on the top ten plastic polluters (alongside the top ten palm oil users) I spent months researching them, and then started emailing them monthly to demand they make changes. Not a single one (okay, maybe one) seemed to care. I gave up pretty quickly, because I didn’t feel that I alone could make a difference. I actively started boycotting/avoiding those companies as a result.

Now seems like a better time than ever to share my research – which is generally easy to find – and the responses I received.

What we need to understand is that buying from these companies, even just a little bit, is helping to line the pockets of those that are helping to destroy our home.

My original intention was to make this one single, ongoing blog post that I updated with a new company as I go on, however I have found that some of these companies are absolutely evil, while some genuinely seem to be trying to make a difference, and while they do create environmental damage, they don't all fall under the evil umbrella so I have decided to separate the posts, so each has its own vibe. You will find links to all of the other blogs here though.

  1. Coca-Cola

  2. Nestle

  3. Pepsi

  4. Mondelaz International

  5. Unilever

  6. Mars

  7. P&G

  8. Colgate-Palmolive

  9. Phillip Morris International

  10. Perfetetti Van Melle

Admittedly, number three on the list doesn't have quite as many shocking stories to it's name, and because of this it is a bit harder to find the same level of information. It may or may not exist, it's safe to say that most companies regardless of their current practices appear to have skeletons in their closets. Because of this, this post is going to be brief, but the message is still the same. They are number three on the top ten plastic polluters, and buying from them is allowing that sort of behavior to continue.

They own around 20 brands, so they are a considerably smaller company, however they are still producing and using so much plastic. They are also quite a high user of palm oil.

Pepsi Infograph Created by Sweet Sustainable Living

According to Statista PepsiCo dump around 137. 000 metric tonnes of waste a year across six different nations. During the 2020 Break Free From Plastic Audit 5155 pieces of PepsiCo branded plastic were found.

Here you can see a list of their violations, and fines they have received for all sorts from environmental offenses to employment discrimination since 2000.

It is much harder to find the level of information that I've found with the previous two blogs, and for that reason I am going to keep this one very short. I feel that even sharing a little bit of information on the company is better than nothing, but most of the articles out there are around the current plans PepsiCo have been sharing, in an attempt to become more environmental, but I feel that they are largely making use of Greenwashing. and so I won't be rushing to buy from them till I see some real changes.

This is a copy of the email I sent to PepsiCo, please feel free to use it as a template if you are wanting to contact them. The response I got came from Their reply was very vague, I felt like they had just glanced over my email. If you do contact them, please let me know!

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