A whopping estimated 4.7 billion plastic straws are used by Brits each year. Add another 316 million plastic stirrers and 1.8 billion plastic-stemmed cotton buds to that and the figures are staggering.
Thankfully, it is now illegal for businesses in England to sell or supply single-use plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds.
An exemption will allow restaurants, bars and medical facilities to provide plastic straws to those with disabilities or medical conditions.
The commencement of the ban will further ensure the country builds back greener.
Here’s an interesting clip on ending your relationship with plastic.