Every day, people throw away millions of pieces of single-use plastic “stuff” — and too much of it ends up polluting our environment. By design, plastic takes hundreds of years to fully degrade — which means every piece of plastic ever produced is still out there, sitting in landfills or floating in the ocean, waiting to be mistaken as a deadly piece of food by a bird, turtle or whale.
Nothing we use for a few minutes should be allowed to pollute our oceans and rivers for hundreds of years. That’s why we’re calling for a statewide ban on single-use plastics across the country. But we aren’t stopping there. We are also calling on plastic producers to stop generating all of this single-use plastic we just don’t need.
State Director, Environment California Research & Policy Center