Four of the world’s largest consumer brands are contributing to planet-heating emissions by using throwaway plastic to package everything from soft drinks and snacks to shampoo, said a report published on Tuesday.
Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Nestle and Unilever are responsible for half a million tonnes of plastic pollution annually in the six developing countries examined in the report released by international aid agency Tearfund.
That is enough to cover 83 football pitches in a day, it said, calling the situation “morally indefensible”.
Of the waste plastic, 60% is then burned by consumers on street corners, open dumps and in backyards, producing annual greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 4.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide – the same as “2 million cars on UK roads a year”, the charity added.
Petrochemicals derived from oil and gas, which are carbon-rich fossil fuels, form the building blocks for plastic products.
Globally, greenhouse gases in the atmosphere hit a new record high in 2018, reinforcing damaging weather patterns, the World Meteorological Organization said in November.
An earlier 2019 report from UK-based Tearfund found that up to a million people die every year in poor countries from illnesses caused by discarded waste and plastic pollution.
Of the four multinational companies in the new study, Coca-Cola is “by far the worst polluter”, responsible for emissions greater than the other three combined, as about 8 billion of its bottles are burned or dumped each year in the six countries, Tearfund said.
In a statement, Coca-Cola said it was working to increase the use of returnable and refillable packaging, citing examples in five of the countries in the report – Brazil, India, Mexico, Nigeria and the Philippines – but did not mention China.
The company was aiming for every plastic bottle to contain “at least 50% recycled plastic by 2030”, it said, adding that the Tearfund report “raises some serious issues”.
PepsiCo, identified as the second-worst polluter, said it had set a target to decrease “virgin plastic content” across its beverage business by 35% by 2025.
Nestle, the world’s biggest food company, said it was committed to making 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.
Tearfund, however, said the brands should be doing more, adding that only consumer goods giant Unilever had committed to reduce its total plastic use, which the company said would amount to a decrease of more than 100,000 tonnes by 2025.
Unilever also said in a statement it planned to help collect and process more plastic packaging than it sells by 2025.
(JUST IN) Alleged N1.1b fraud: Court dismisses charge against Ex-Customs boss Dikko
The fraud charge filed against former Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Abdullahi Inde Dikko and two others by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) has been dismissed by a Federal High Court in Abuja.
The charge marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/21/2019 was dismissed in a ruling on Wednesday by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu in view of the oral application by ICPC’s lawyer, E. A. Sogunle to withdraw the charge under Section 108 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015.
Sogunle told the court that despite a bench warrant issued on Dikko, who has not attended court since the charge was filed early last year, the prosecution has been unable to arrest him and produce him in court.
Dikko was named with two others – a former Assistant Comptroller-General of Customs in charge of Finance, Administration and Technical Services, Garba Makarfi and Umar Hussaini, a lawyer and owner of Capital Law firm – as defendants.
Dikko, Makarfi and Hussaini were, among others, accused of inducing the Managing Director of Cambial Limited, Yemi Obadeyi, to pay N1.1 billion (N1,100, 952,380.96) into the account of Capital Law Office as a refundable “completion security deposit” for the purchase of 120 units of duplexes as residential accommodation for officers of the Nigeria Customs Service.
Hussaini was said to have distributed the money into various other bank accounts and for his part in the deal, he was rewarded with the sum of $3 million.
Disturbing video of how man passionately kisses a minor on her lips
A yet-to-be-identified man has caused an uproar on social media after he recorded himself kissing a little girl on her lips and the video made its way to the internet.
The video which was recently uploaded online sparked serious outrage on social media, especially since it came in the wake of the ‘rape’ and ‘sexual assault’ topics that has become an important issue on Nigerian social media.
While reacting to the disturbing video, Nigerians are demanding that the man in the video be brought to justice for allegedly defiling a minor.
As they seek justice, they also want mothers to see this as a warning to keep their little daughters safe from any man, no matter the relationship existing between them.
Watch the video below;
Ajimobi, APC, hail Alao-Akala at 70
The immediate past Governor of Oyo State, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi, has congratulated Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala as he turns 70.
Ajimobi described his predecessor, Alao-Akala, as a quintessential politician, who has contributed immensely to the fortunes of the state and the All Progressives Congress (APC).
the Deputy National Chairman of the APC (South), Ajimobi, also said that Alao-Akala was a pillar in the party and the state.
According to Ajimobi, Alao-Akala left indelible footprints as governor of the state.
“On behalf of my family, I felicitate with my dear brother, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, a former governor and a pillar of our great party, (APC) in Oyo State, on the joyous occasion of his 70th birthday celebration.
“As a former governor of our dear state, you have contributed immensely to the growth of the pacesetter state, and as a politician, your advice and contributions to the party have been invaluable.
“As an indigene of Oyo State, your actions have shown deep love for the people of the state in your words and deeds.
“As you join the elders club, here is wishing you many more years of sound health and greater contributions to Oyo State and the country,” Ajimobi said.
Also, the state chapter of the APC congratulated the former governor on attaining the age of 70.
In a statement signed by its Chairman, Chief Akin Oke, the state chapter said that Alao-Akala had contributed immensely to the state.
It described the former governor as a rallying point for numerous party members.
“The All Progressives Congress, Oyo State Chapter, heartily congratulates Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, a pillar of support and Chairman of the Reconciliation Committee of the All Progressives Congress, Oyo State.
“As a former governor, you have contributed immensely to the progress of Oyo State. You have also been a rallying point for our numerous party faithful.
“As you celebrate this landmark birthday, we can only wish you more vigour in the service of our party, our state and the country,” it said.
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