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U.K. Unveils Plan To Eliminate Plastic Straws, Stirrers, And Cotton Swabs By 2020

By Kristin Hunt

Last week, it was Sodexo. The week before that, it was Red Lobster. And now, the U.K. government is the latest group breaking up with plastic straws. 

On Monday, the United Kingdom laid out its plan to halt the sale and distribution of plastic straws and stirrers, as well as plastic-stemmed cotton swabs, by 2020. The actual ban would not go into effect until sometime between October 2019 and October 2020, with the ultimate date subject to findings from an official consultation.

That consultation is being led by Michael Gove, the U.K. Secretary of Environment, who is currently soliciting surveys from citizens on the subject.