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


U.K. Environment Secretary Michael Gove confirmed that the ban on plastic straws, stirrers, and cotton swabs will go into effect beginning in April 2020. 

“Urgent and decisive action is needed to tackle plastic pollution and protect our environment," Gove said in a statement, The Independent reported. "These items are often used for just a few minutes but take hundreds of years to break down, ending up in our seas and oceans and harming precious marine life."


Originally Published Oct. 24, 2018

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.