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Something amazing happened this past month. Plastic monsters came to life around the world, rising up from dirty landfills, climbing over piles of trash, and even swimming up and out of seas, lakes, and rivers to make long and sometimes arduous journeys back home to their source.

Plastic Monster Action at Nestlé Headquarters in Switzerland. © Greenpeace / Miriam Künzli

Greenpeace activists delivered a 20 meter long plastic monster covered in Nestlé branded plastic packaging to the company‘s global headquarters in Switzerland on April 16, 2019. © Greenpeace / Miriam Künzli

So where did the plastic monsters originate? Nestlé.

Nestlé and other multinational corporations produce massive amounts of single-use plastic packaging. As we all know, plastic is devastating communities, polluting natural environments, and threatening marine creatures around the world. Last year, Nestlé used 1.7 million tonnes of plastic packaging. And while their latest move is to try to argue the exact numbers, the simple fact remains that Nestlé produced more plastic last year than the year before.

This has got to stop. At a time when companies need to be focused on urgently reducing their overall plastic production, Nestlé continues to increase it, distracting concerned customers and the media with more talk of recycling and small reuse initiatives that are nowhere near the scale needed to actually make a dent in the obscene amount of plastic they are pumping out into the world. In fact, Nestlé was named one of the worst plastic polluters after cleanups and brand audits of plastic waste around the world in 2018.

So the plastic monsters woke up and decided to return home to Nestlé. Check out the journey below:

Plastival in Nijmegen. © Marten van Dijl / Greenpeace

The ‘Beluga II’ and the Plastic Monster ship carrying a huge artwork made of plastic waste. A large banner reads “Nestlé No Excuse Stop Single Use.” Nestlé produces 1.7 million tonnes of plastic annually. © Marten van Dijl / Greenpeace

A huge plastic monster, 20 meters long and covered in Nestlé’s plastic waste, appeared in the Netherlands in late March. From there it journeyed by boat toward Switzerland, stopping by a few cities in Europe as it traveled up the Rhine through Germany and France.

Open Boat at Plastic Monster Walk in Cologne. © Marten van Dijl / Greenpeace

Plastic Monster in Cologne, Germany. © Marten van Dijl / Greenpeace

The plastic monster thrilled crowds in Cologne, Germany, on March 30, 2019.

Activists March at Nestle HQ in the Philippines. © Basilio H. Sepe / Greenpeace

A serpent-like plastic monster is accompanied by environmental activists carrying placards as they troop to Nestle’s Philippine headquarters in Makati City, demanding accountability for its role in abetting the country’s plastic pollution crisis . Nestle was named one of the worst plastic polluters after cleanups and brand audits of plastic waste around the world in 2018. © Basilio H. Sepe / Greenpeace

On April 10, 2019, activists from the Break Free From Plastic movement delivered a plastic monster serpent along with an “invoice from the Filipino people” to Nestlé headquarters in the Philippines. The invoice outlined the costs of Nestlé’s single-use plastic packaging from impacts to human health, environmental pollution, death of wildlife, damage to livelihoods and businesses, greenhouse gas emissions, and waste management challenges.

Activists interrupt Nestlé's AGM to deliver a message

Today, Greenpeace Switzerland activists interrupted Nestlé’s Annual General Meeting to confront executives with the company’s own plastic waste found in our oceans. Let’s make sure they hear our message loud and clear 👉https://act.gp/2Gh3VF0

Posted by Greenpeace International on Thursday, April 11, 2019

The next day, April 11, 2019, Greenpeace activists crashed the Nestlé AGM to demand that Nestlé end its reliance on single-use plastic, and invest immediately in alternative delivery systems based on refill and reuse.

And on April 16, 2019, plastic monsters showed up with Greenpeace activists at Nestlé offices all around the world!

Plastic Monster Action at Nestlé Headquarters in Nairobi. © Paul Basweti / Greenpeace

A team of Greenpeace Africa activists at Nestle’s headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, bring the #PlasticMonster back to its maker. The activity is part of a global week of action calling on the multinational corporation to take concrete action to stop single-use plastic. © Paul Basweti / Greenpeace

A plastic monster appeared in Nairobi, Kenya, and the #plasticmonster hashtag was trending on social media in the country.

Stop Plastic Action at San Pellegrino Nestlé Plant in Italy. © Francesco Alesi / Greenpeace

Greenpeace Italy activists protest at San Pellegrino plant, one of the main brand properties of Nestlé, asking Nestlé to stop polluting the planet with single-use plastic. © Francesco Alesi / Greenpeace

Also on April 16, 2019, Greenpeace Italy activists protested at the San Pellegrino plant, one of the main brand properties of Nestlé.

Plastic Monster Action at Nestlé Headquarters in Switzerland. © Greenpeace / Flurin Bertschinger

Greenpeace activists deliver a 20 meter long “plastic monster” covered in Nestlé branded plastic packaging to the company‘s global headquarters. © Greenpeace / Flurin Bertschinger

The giant plastic monster finally arrived home to Nestlé’s global headquarters in Switzerland on April 16, 2019.

Plastic Monster Action at Nestlé Office in Slovenia. © Katja Hus / Greenpeace

Activists visit Nestlé’s national office in Ljubljana, Slovenia, bringing them back a selection of plastic waste collected from Greenpeace supporters. The activity is part of Greenpeace’s Plastic Monster campaign calling on Nestlé to stop single-use plastic packaging and take meaningful steps towards reduction targets and offering large-scale alternative systems of refill and reuse. © Katja Hus / Greenpeace

Activists also visited Nestlé’s national office in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and brought back a selection of Nestlé’s own branded plastic waste collected from Greenpeace supporters.

Plastic Monster Visits Nestlé in Virginia. © Tim Aubry / Greenpeace

Greenpeace activists joined a 15-foot tall monster in a visit to Nestlé’s headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, delivering Nestlé plastic pollution gathered from streets, rivers, and beaches across the country and demanding that the company take responsibility for the over 1.5 million metric tons of single-use plastic it produces annually. © Tim Aubry / Greenpeace

In the U.S., Greenpeace activists delivered a plastic monster to Nestlé’s headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. The monster vomited Nestlé’s plastic pollution gathered from streets, rivers, and beaches across the country.

Plastic Monster Action at Nestlé Factory in Toronto. © Morgan Corseaux / Greenpeace

Greenpeace Canada activists unveiled a 9 foot long “plastic monster” covered in Nestlé branded plastic packaging to a Nestle factory in Toronto, as part of a global day of action against Nestlé. © Morgan Corseaux / Greenpeace

Also on April 16, 2019, Greenpeace Canada activists delivered a plastic monster covered in Nestlé branded plastic packaging to a Nestlé factory in Toronto.

Stop Plastic Action at Nestle HQ in Poland. © Rafal Wojczal / Greenpeace

Greenpeace activists from Poland visit Nestlé HQ in Warsaw to deliver 350kg of plastic waste and show the company how much plastic it produces in 5 seconds. They display banners reading “Is this yours, Nestle?” and “We’re fed up with your plastic”. © Rafal Wojczal / Greenpeace

The same day, Greenpeace activists visited Nestlé headquarters in Warsaw, Poland, to deliver 350 kg of plastic waste—the amount of plastic Nestlé produces in just 5 seconds. The banner reads “Is this yours, Nestlé?” and “We’re fed up with your plastic”.

But the plastic monsters weren’t done yet! On April 22, 2019, two more plastic monsters found their way home to Nestlé offices in Malaysia and Mexico.

Malaysian Activists Protest at Nestle Headquarter. © Nandakumar S. Haridas / Greenpeace

Plastic monster called “Goblin” at the Nestle Berhad’s headquarters in Mutiara Damansara, Petaling Jaya demanding the company to change its delivery systems and stop relying on single-use plastic in their packaging. © Nandakumar S. Haridas / Greenpeace

Greenpeace activists showed up at the Nestlé office in Malaysia on Earth Day to tell the company to stop single-use plastic.

Plastic Monster Action at Nestle' Headquarters in Mexico. © Alejandro Pai / Greenpeace

Greenpeace activists place a structure showing a monstrous bird feeding its young with plastic waste in front of Nestle’s headquarters in Mexico City. © Alejandro Pai / Greenpeace

Also on April 22, 2019, Greenpeace activists arrived at Nestle’s corporate headquarters in Mexico City with a monstrous bird that feeds its young with plastic waste.

Amazing, right? These plastic monsters may not be real, but they represent a very serious crisis: the plastic monster is a reality in many communities, especially in Southeast Asia, which are being overwhelmed by the world’s plastic waste. You can help: Tell Nestlé to stop polluting our planet with single-use plastics, and share our video. You can even make your own plastic monster to let Nestlé and other big companies know it’s time to #BreakFreeFromPlastic!

Jen Fela is the Global Engagement Lead for the Plastic-Free Future campaign at Greenpeace.