Most of us have used disposable plastic bags- large and small to pack our lunch. It is fast, and convenient.

Plastics are designed to last forever, however, so our habit of throwing away bags and plastic wrappings after a single use is causing enormous detriment to our coastlines and beyond.

Some of the plastics are recyclable; most end up in landfill and also spread into the marine environment where they suffocate and poison animals.

Eating fish which have ingested plastics also poses a threat to human health. (5gyres.org)

Materials such as glass, bamboo and stainless steel are recyclable and can be used over and over. Ditching cheap plastic containers will benefit the planet and your health.