Watching monkeys run around and play can be cute, but not so much when one of their antics is drinking from plastic bottles and rummaging through garbage left behind by humans. There is nothing cute about monkeys playing with human waste and there is nothing cute about watching a monkey digging in plastic, getting it tangled around its head and slowly suffocating.
These sad examples are a likely consequence of Thailan's booming tourism industry. While tourism is a good thing, with obvious benefits for local communities and the economy, it can still have its drawbacks. Irresponsible tourists, mixed with badly managed waste disposal and no or ineffective recycling initiatives can have devastating effects on countries and its wildlife.
With its stunning beaches, Phuket, Thailand, is one of the most visited and most popular tourist destinations in the world. While leaving tourists with an indelible mark, the island of Phuket is also left with something a lot less pleasant: unmanagable waste that is choking the environment, polluting the ocean, and causing danger to wildlife.
Coca-Cola is one of the largest producers of plastics in the world, and they are very well aware of this. Taking responsibility for this, Coca-Cola joined the Mexican plastics industry in 2002 to create a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting a culture of recycling in Mexico. Coca-Cola then also funded an initiative to help create IMER and PetStar, the country's food-grade PET (Polyethylene terephthalate ) plastic recycling plants. In 2016, Mexico recycled 57% of the PET plastic it produced (up from 9% in 2002), making it a leading country globally for recycling PET plastic.
Now we ask the same be done for Thailand. While we appreciate the 2nd Lives campaign, we believe a more substantial effort is needed in Thailand, and Phuket more specifically. We have seen the success that you had in Mexico, and we are sure that you have learned much from the Mexican campaign.
James Quincey, President and CEO of Coca-Cola: I have read your blog where you speak about a world without waste, and you passionate speak about recycling and the role Coca-Cola played in Mexico. Thailand is sinking under plastics, and we ask that you put your money where your mouth is, and focus on Thailand, and Phuket as you did in Mexico.
Coca-Cola has the experience and the means to save Thailand and its monkeys from death by plastic. Sign this petition, send it to your friends and family and be a part of something that can and will make a difference.