27 Feb '18, 11am

Is the UK about to ban plastic straws?

This could be a major step forward in combating plastic pollution. I got excited when a UK airport, ferry company and several restaurant chains took action on plastic drinking straws . Then the Queen started banning straws too , and it really started to feel like a movement. Now the BBC reports that UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove—who previously mulled steps like a tax on single use plastics —is dropping strong hints that plastic drinking straws might get banned from the country entirely . Interestingly, Gove sought to frame a potential ban as one of the upsides of Brexit, suggesting that the UK will now have more latitude to go it alone on necessary legislation. This lead to a prompt response from his European Union counterpart, however: [email protected] One step ahead of you. EU legislation on single-use plastics coming before the summer. Maybe you can align with us? ...

Full article: https://www.treehugger.com/plastic/uk-about-ban-plastic-s...

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