England Moves to Ban Plastic Straws

May 24, 2019

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U.K. Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced the country will ban the use of plastic straws, effective April 2020.

The ban will also apply to plastic drink stirrers and plastic-stemmed cotton buds. According to a recent study, the country uses an estimated 4.7 billion plastic straws per year, Facilities Management Journal reports. The ban follows a recent governmental survey which found 80% of respondents in favor of banning plastic straws and 90% favoring banning plastic drink stirrers.