Learn about Plastic Bans on Single-use Items Globally

Plastic Bag

Many single-use plastic items including plastic bags, straws, cutlery, to-go food packaging among others have been banned all around the world. While COVID-19 has slowed down the enforcement of many of these regulations, through Starboard's Plastic Ban Matrix you can explore which items have been banned when and where around the world.

We are producing over 300 million tons of plastic every year, 50% of which is for single-use purposes.



  • Amazing resource to check progress tackling single-use plastic worldwide
  • Can help identify gaps where work can be done
  • Can be used as an educational resource


  • Requires input from the community to keep up to date - you can help by emailing in your info

Making a difference

In 2020, China – the country producing the most single-use plastic – has announced a five year plan to phase out single-use plastic items.

There are hundreds of other ways to solve plastic pollution

Photo Credit: Griffin Wooldridge