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Coca-Cola's Plastic Secrets

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • “The Plastic Tide: Choking on Coke,” a documentary by the German public broadcaster DW, reveals Coca-Cola's untruths about what it is doing about plastic pollution
  • Coca-Cola sells 120 billion plastic bottles a year
  • Coca-Cola partnered with Keep America Beautiful to appear to be environmentally conscientious
  • Coca-Cola changed from returnable glass bottles to single-use plastic bottles to boost its profits
  • While feigning concern about plastic pollution, Coca-Cola lobbyists secretly fight recycling laws

What do the soft drink brands Sprite, Fanta and Dasani all have in common? They are all owned by The Coca-Cola Co., the soft drink monolith that makes 500 different brands amounting to nearly 4,000 drink choices.

Coca-Cola’s top brands, including Coke and Diet Coke, generate more than $1 billion a year in sales. But as those of us who are environmentally conscious know, they also generate much of the world's plastic pollution.


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