Single-use plastics, often referred to as disposable plastics, are commonly used for plastic packaging and include items intended to be used only once before they are thrown away or recycled. These include, among other items, grocery bags, food packaging, bottles, straws, containers, cups and cutlery. In 2015, plastic packaging waste accounted for 47% of the plastic waste generated globally 1.
Single-use plastics do not always make it to the landfill or get recycled. Thirty-two percent of the plastics produced each year flow into our oceans. That equates to one garbage truck of plastic being poured into our oceans every minute. When plastic collects in our oceans, it can potentially harm marine life by strangling or choking animals2 .
Not long ago a young whale died of dehydration and starvation resulting
from plastic in its stomach; autopsy revealed 88 pounds of plastic3 .