Over the past four years I have been working towards my B.S. with a major in biology. In almost every single science class that I have taken we have talked about the destruction the high rate of consumption humans are having to the other life forms on this planet. Whether it's pollution, climate change or over hunting humans are causing what many scientists are calling the sixth great extinction event. With a rate of destruction similar to a super volcano or a mile wide meteor humans are killing life at an alarming rate. Though plastics have made many positive impacts the use of plastics for disposable products and the improper disposal of them as well is killing off species by being consumed and destroying ecosystems by changing the chemical make up of the water.
There are very few earthly materials that last as long as plastic, like stone, metal or glass. You would never use a glass cup once or a metal spoon for two seconds to stir your coffee and then throw it away. So why do we think it's okay to do this with plastic. The only argument for using virgin plastic for a few seconds is because it is sterile. When I took immunology the professor was constantly talking about the negative health effects of living a germ free life. We don't need everything to be sterile because we have an IMMUNE SYSTEM!
Here is an article about whales dying and when they are dissected their bellies are found to be filled with plastic. It's possible that your plastic killed a whale. There is also a video at the end of this article that inspired this post. You can actually make a difference stop looking at plastic as this disposable material and start looking at it for what it really is extremely not disposable.
Whales dying from plastic
If you do use plastic make sure that it gets properly recycled. They can recycle the plastic bottle tops now so don't throw them away and don't ever litter no matter what.