Take the shipping industry—they are just as big a polluter as the airline industry, if not more.
1540s, "one who renders unclean or impure," agent noun from pollute (v.). Ecological sense from 1958.
pollute pol·lute (pə-lōōt')
v. pol·lut·ed, pol·lut·ing, pol·lutes
To make unfit for or harmful to living things, especially by the addition of waste matter; contaminate.
To make less suitable for an activity, especially by the introduction of unwanted factors.