Coke, PepsiCo Take Major Step Away From Plastic Lobbying Groups

It's another step in their goal to increase sustainability.

Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, two of the biggest sellers of plastic bottles on the planet, announced that they would abandon the Plastics Industry Association this week.

PepsiCo and Coca-Cola have been working to improve their images as sustainable companies, making big commitments to reduce plastic waste and even abandon plastic bottles. But both PepsiCo and Coca-Cola have partnered with Plastics Industry Association, a group that has lobbied against states trying to ban plastics. Now, that participation is over, CNN reported.


"We do not participate in the policy advocacy work of the association or its subsidiaries, and our membership will conclude at the end of this year," PepsiCo said in a statement to CNN. Coca-Cola added that the association held positions "not fully consistent with our commitments and goals." The groups had come under fire for their commitments to the association and now say they made "the wrong choice" by being involved.

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Environmentalists responded positively to the news, saying it was a sign that companies like Coca-Cola and PepsiCo were beginning to realize their consumers wanted a commitment to sustainability. PepsiCo already says it will start selling Aquafina water in aluminum cans at chain restaurants and has committed to only using "recyclable, compostable" packaging by 2025, according to CNN.

"Tackling plastic waste is one of my top priorities and I take this challenge personally," PepsiCo CEO Ramon Laguarta told CNN. "We are doing our part to address the issue head on by reducing, recycling and reinventing our packaging."


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