Coca-Cola UK headquarters blocked by 2.5-ton sculpture protest

The sculpture was commissioned by activist group Greenpeace.

Story highlights

  • The sculpture features seagulls regurgitating plastic and weighs 2.5 tons
  • Coca-Cola uses just 7% recycled material in their bottles, according to Greenpeace
  • The company said recognized marine litter was a global problem

(CNN)Greenpeace activists blocked the entrance to Coca-Cola's UK headquarters in London with a 2.5-ton sculpture featuring a seagull regurgitating plastic, and called for the company to do more to help prevent plastic pollution.

The campaign group said the sculpture, which depicts an idyllic family beach scene interrupted by birds choking on plastic, was intended to highlight what it claimed were failings by the company.
    In a report released on Monday, Greenpeace claimed that Coca-Cola -- the world's largest soft drinks company -- sells more than 100 billion plastic bottles every year. Single-use plastic bottles make up nearly 60% of the packaging produced by the company globally, the report says.
    The sculpture featured a seagul vomiting plastic.
    It is impossible to know how many of these bottles end up in seas and oceans, but Greenpeace said Coca-Cola wasn't doing enough.
    "We were trying to uncover for the first time the true size of Coca-Cola's plastic footprint," Louisa Casson, oceans campaigner for Greenpeace, told CNN. "And we are actually seeing them going backwards. Rather than investing more in refillables and reusables, they've increased their use of single-use plastic bottles over the last decade."
    Coca-Cola said it was "disappointed" by the action by Greenpeace, and said it would publish a new "sustainable packaging strategy" later this year.

    'Missed targets'

    Casson said that although "the company continues to call on their customers to recycle," only 7% of Coca-Cola bottles on average are made with recycled plastic.