Five firms make quarter of world’s solitary use plastics

The leading five companies driving one use plastics — the materials utilised to make searching bags, straws and foodstuff packaging that often end up in landfills or cluttering beach locations — are responsible for close to a quarter of the world total, fuelled by demand from customers from the US and China. 

Oil significant ExxonMobil, chemical substances team Dow and Chinese oil refiner Sinopec leading the listing of just about 300 corporations that in 2019 collectively developed some 110m metric tonnes of polymers, the setting up blocks of one use plastics, according to exploration by philanthropic team the Minderoo Foundation. 

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