11 Jan '18, 11am

Scotland bans plastic-handled cotton buds

Scotland bans plastic-handled cotton buds

The ban is expected to reduce Scotland's marine plastic pollution by 50 percent. Scotland is the first country in the UK to ban plastic cotton buds (also known as swabs or Q-tips). While most supermarkets have already eliminated them, selling only paper-handled ones, many small grocers and corner stores continue to stock imported plastic versions; these will be the target of Scotland's new ban. The ban stems from growing concern about the number of plastic cotton buds washing up on beaches and shorelines after being flushed down the toilet. And we're not just talking about a few. It's estimated that, by eliminating this source, Scotland will cut its plastic pollution in half. Scotland's environment secretary, Roseanna Cunningham, said in a speech: "Despite various campaigns, people are continuing to flush litter down their toilets and this has to stop. Scotland’s sewerage ...

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