Faced with shops full of food and other goods swathed in plastic, families across the world are trying to reduce its use and recycle wherever possible to cut down its impact on the environment.
Reuters photographers met people from Athens to Singapore trying to play their part as the war on plastics becomes a hot political topic and governments work to outlaw single-use items such as drinking straws and cotton buds.
Eight million tonnes of plastic - bottles, packaging and other waste - are dumped into the ocean every year, killing marine life and entering the human food chain, the United Nations Environment Programme said in December.
"They say ‘are you part of this green movement', ... They don’t understand it. Also not using plastic bags for vegetables is considered disgusting, they hate it .. but I still do it," said Tatiana Schnittke, 39, in Jaffa, Israel.
Photo editing by Angie Dixon, Writing by Alison Williams