“Single-use plastics [are] packaging or other consumer products that are thrown away after one brief use, are rarely recycled and prone to being littered.”
- European Commission

“Single-use plastics, often also 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.”
- United Nations Environment Programme

“Plastics, conventionally made of petroleum or fossil gas, can remain in the environment for hundreds of years. Unlike other substances, most plastics do not biodegrade; instead they slowly photodegrade, and in the process break down into small plastic fragments that can easily be taken up by plankton and other organisms where they can accumulate in body tissues.”
- Mission of the European Union to ASEAN and ASEAN Secretariat

“Single-use plastic products refer to plastic products designed to be disposed, destroyed, or recycled, after only one use.”
- House Bill 9147 “Single-Use Plastic Products Regulations Act”