Axios's Rebecca Falconer is reporting that New York is sueing PepsiCo over plastic pollution.
New York's Attorney General Letitia James has filed a lawsuit against PepsiCo, accusing the company of contributing significantly to plastic pollution, especially along the Buffalo River, and making misleading statements about addressing the issue. The lawsuit, filed in Buffalo, claims that PepsiCo's single-use plastic products, like Gatorade and Cheetos, are contaminating drinking water and harming wildlife. The action aligns with ongoing global discussions about a landmark plastic treaty, which PepsiCo had previously supported. Despite PepsiCo's pledge to make all its products 100% recyclable, compostable, biodegradable, or reusable by 2025, the suit alleges that the company has not adequately warned consumers about the potential health and environmental risks of its packaging. A 2022 waste survey cited in the lawsuit found that over 17% of identifiable plastic trash was produced by PepsiCo. James emphasized the fundamental right to clean water, asserting that PepsiCo's practices endanger public health and the environment. As of the time of reporting, PepsiCo had not responded to the allegations.
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