Olympic athletes tell Coca-Cola, Pepsi to end plastic pollution – POLITICO

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Signatories include the French Olympic gold medalist windsurfer Charline Picon, Irish equestrian silver medalist Sarah Ennis and the American swimmer and two-time Olympic gold medalist Zach Apple, as well as athletes from Germany, Sweden, Poland, Nigeria and Mexico. Nine international sporting organizations also signed the letter.

The Games “will be the perfect opportunity for you and your companies to trigger a sea change in how the world understands packaging and light the torch for reuse,” the letter states.

Coca-Cola is the world’s top plastic polluter, according to environmental NGO Break Free from Plastics’s 2023 Brand Audit. In 2023 Paris’s mayor Anne Hidalgo announced a ban on single-use plastics at the games, but French media has since reported that an estimated 40 percent of drinks will come in plastic bottles.

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