Nestle Philippines, Colgate-Palmolive and Universal Robina Corporation, which are among the biggest companies operating locally, have been identified as the Top 3 plastic polluters in the country today owing to their popular consumer products.
According to the anti-pollution watchdog #BreakFreeFromPlastic (BFFP) – which include EcoWaste Coalition, Greenpeace, Interfacing Development Interventions for Sustainability and Project Mariknows – the packaging waste of the aforementioned companies accounted for nearly one-half of the 38,580 plastic items randomly collected in numerous clean-up sites for purposes of making an assessment of the environment.
In a statement, which appeared in the Rappler website, the group came to this conclusion: “This figure proves that recent efforts by manufacturers of fast moving consumer goods to boost their so-called recycling efforts are completely useless in addressing plastic pollution in the Philippines.”
They called on Congress to get its act together in enacting a comprehensive law banning single-use plastics in the country in order to preserve and protect the fragile environment.
Nestle is the manufacturer of such consumer best-sellers like Nescafe instant coffee, Milo milk chocolate drink, Maggi condiments, Bear Brand milk, Nido powdered milk, Nestle fresh milk and Coffeemate.
Universal Robina Corporation produces Nissin Cup Noodles, Chippy snacks, V Cut potato chips, C2 tea drinks, Piattos, Nova, Blend 45 coffee, Swiss Miss chocolate drink, Nips chocolate candy, Mang Juan chicharon, Great Taste coffee, Tortillos, Dewberry cookies and Hidden Springs water.
Colgate-Palmolive Philippines makes Colgate toothpaste and toothbrushes, Dove and Palmolive soap, Tender Care baby products, Listerine and Plax mouthwash and Irish Spring soap.
Greenpeace said many corporations until now have refused to own up to the responsibility by “peddling false solutions” to the existing plastic problem and remaining vague in their reporting.
The BFFP said further that the passage of a comprehensive single-use plastics ban would be a concrete step in addressing plastic pollution, instead of trying to phase out plastic production entirely which is virtually impossible.
They said that there have been a lot of proposals to tackle the country’s plastic waste problem – from banning single-use plastic straws and plastic bags in restaurants and stores – but so far nothing conclusive has come out.