Some plastics are designed to be used once or for a short period of time. Many of these help improve sanitation and safety, while lowering environmental impacts. From healthcare when we’re sick or hurt to keeping our food fresh and free of contaminants, plastic packaging makes it all possible.
Health care professionals and patients rely on sterile plastics to protect health and hygiene. Single use plastics are the cleanest, most efficient way to provide for those needs. Its sterility also helps preserve foods to keep them fresh for days or even weeks longer than they would without plastic packaging.
Plastics require less resources to create than other materials. If we were to replace plastic packaging with alternative materials, it would increase the amount of energy used and greenhouse gas created.
Learn more about how people rely on plastic products and packaging to improve our quality of life.