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‘FMCGs fuelling massive plastic expansion; threat to global climate’

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Amid the push to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a new Greenpeace report has found that giant FMCGs are driving the expansion of plastic production. The report titled ‘The Climate Emergency Unpacked: How Consumer Goods Companies Are Fuelling Big Oil’s Plastic Expansion’ prepared by Greenpeace USA, released on Tuesday, said fast moving consumer goods companies (FMCGs) are working together with the fossil fuel industry worldwide to oppose legislation that would restrict single-use packaging. It alleged that they together advocated for false solutions such as ‘chemical or advanced recycling’.

“As some of the biggest buyers of single-use plastic packaging, FMCGs, including Coca-Cola, Nestlé, and PepsiCo, are driving the expansion of plastic production, and this expansion threatens the global climate as well as communities and ecosystems,” it said.

Greenpeace Philippines Zero Waste Campaigner Marian Ledesma said “this has disastrous consequences” in countries like India where extreme weather events due to the climate emergency have critically impacted communities and food systems.

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