Tim Hortons, Starbucks, Nestlé, Coca-Cola, Snapple, Loblaws, and Booster Juice are the first seven companies to be featured on the Plastic Wall of Shame
Toronto, Ont. – As more and more consumers demand that companies drastically reduce their plastics footprint, a new online initiative is putting a spotlight on companies that are doing the complete opposite. The Plastic Wall of Shame, launched today by Environmental Defence, calls out companies for having plastic-reducing tactics with no substance and encourages them to make changes that have a real positive impact.
“The world is in the midst of a plastic pollution crisis. Right now, we need companies to step up, show leadership, and be accountable for the plastic products they make,” said Vito Buonsante, Plastics Program Manager with Environmental Defence. “Unfortunately, instead, the companies on the wall are either using greenwashing tactics or have just entirely turned a deaf ear to solving this massive problem.”
Companies on the Plastic Wall of Shame come from several different sectors and all use single-use plastics in their products and/or packaging. The first seven companies to make the wall are:
- Tim Hortons: for designing new lids that contain 59 per cent more plastic than its previous ones, instead of focusing on reducing plastic waste. Tim Hortons is the second biggest generator of plastic litter according to a 2019 brand audit by several environmental NGOs.
- Starbucks: for designing new plastic lids to substitute for straws and investing in compostable cups that end up in the garbage, instead of implementing real solutions to reduce plastic waste.
- Nestlé: for being the biggest plastic polluter in Canada, according to a brand audit by environmental NGOs in 2019. Nestlé also refuses to support collection systems that stop plastic from entering the environment, including a deposit return program for plastic bottles in Ontario.
- Coca-Cola: for failing to support a deposit return system that would collect and recycle 90 per cent of the plastic containers it sells. It also won’t commit to using reusable options for its products. Coca-Cola is the biggest plastic generator in the world as it places about two million tonnes of plastic on the market every year.
- Snapple: for recently changing its iconic bottles from glass to plastic in the midst of a plastic pollution crisis.
- Loblaws: for failing to significantly reduce plastic generation from its operations and brands while promoting greenwashing solutions like its compostable PC coffee pods. These pods aren’t accepted in municipal green bins, therefore ending up in landfills.
- Booster Juice: for its greenwashing compostable plastic straw. There are currently no municipalities in Canada that accept compostable plastics, so these straws just end up in the garbage. Instead, it should commit to reducing the amount of plastic it generates, including promoting reusable options.
“Companies need to stop creating new problems and adopt solutions that work: reduce the amount of single-use plastics they generate, nudge their customers towards reusable options, and support collection systems that would avoid plastic pollution,” said Buonsante.
Each month, a new company will be added to the wall. Members of the public are invited to nominate companies to be included by using a form on the website.
To see all the companies on the wall, and to learn more about why they were included, or to nominate a company, visit environmentaldefence.ca/wallofshame.
ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE (environmentaldefence.ca): Environmental Defence is a leading Canadian advocacy organization that works with government, industry, and individuals to defend clean water, a safe climate, and healthy communities.
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