Glasgow Greenpeace protesters recreated Coca Cola’s Christmas truck campaign on Saturday -with an added fishy twist. They were out in force on Buchanan Street, entertaining shoppers with costumes and singing, in a bid to highlight how plastic bottles pollute the world’s oceans.
Amused shoppers stopped to listen to alternative lyrics for familiar carols such as Away in a Manger. The group claims that 12 million tons of plastics enter the oceans every year and that Coca Cola, the world’s largest producer of plastic bottles, is among the worst offenders, “churning out 110 billion single-use plastic drinks bottles in 2016”.
As a result, 90 per cent of the world’s seabirds have ingested plastic. Glasgow Greenpeace campaigner Daryl Tayar said: “Coca Cola produces all this unnecessary waste which is turning our beautiful oceans into a plastic soup and covering our beaches with litter. “On Bowling Beach, near Dumbarton, we picked up over 30 bags of plastic waste during our clear-up in October. “It’s high time Coca Cola listened to the people of Scotland and started recycling and re-using their bottles.”