England Moves to Ban Plastic Straws

May 24, 2019

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.