In great news for the environment, the UK government has announced that plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds will be banned in the UK from next year.
Environment secretary Michael Gove has confirmed the ban will help the ocean pollution crisis, explaining that it comes after "overwhelming" public support for the move.
Restaurants and coffee shops across the country will be forbidden to hand out any plastic straws or stirrers with drinks and will have to opt for biodegradable paper alternatives instead.
Shops and supermarkets will also be banned from selling straws. Plastic-stemmed cotton buds will be restricted from general sale, but will still be available to those who need them for medical purposes.
"Urgent and decisive action is needed to tackle plastic pollution and protect our environment. 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," Michael Gove explained to ITV.
"So today I am taking action to turn the tide on plastic pollution, and ensure we leave our environment in a better state for future generations," he continues.
The only exception to using the three items will be for medical or disability reasons. "Plastic straws are sometimes the only type of straw that work for disabled people due to their flexibility and ability to be used in hot and cold drinks," Lauren West from Muscular Dystrophy UK, said speaking to ITV.
"We’re pleased the Government has recognised this in its proposals put forward today."
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