Britain Plans To Ban Plastic Straws And America Needs To Step Up

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Britain is in plans to ban the sale of plastic straws and other single use plastic products in a bid to fight marine waste and other environmental concerns as a result of these non-biodegrabable materials.

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May in a Reuters report said they are also rallying Commonwealth allies to do their part in the plan.

May has pledged to eradicate avoidable plastic waste by 2042 as part of a “national plan of action”.

She also bared that other single use plastics, like drink stirrers and cotton buds, would also be considered in the ban.

“Plastic waste is one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world, which is why protecting the marine environment is central to our agenda at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting,”  said May in a statement ahead of a Commonwealth summit, where leaders from the 53 country network of mostly former British colonies, will meet in London this week.

Britain has commited 61.4 million pounds ($87.21 million) for  the summit to develop new ways of tackling plastic waste, and help Commonwealth countries limit how much plastic ends up in the ocean.

“We are rallying Commonwealth countries to join us in the fight against marine plastic,” May said.

“Together we can effect real change so that future generations can enjoy a natural environment that is healthier than we currently find it.”

The summit statement  said environment minister Michael Gove would launch a consultation later this year into the plan to ban the plastic items, but as of press time gave no details who the consultation would be with.

Additionally, the report bared that May is looking to deepen ties to the Commonwealth as Britain is seeking to boost trade and “carve out a new role in the world” as it exits the European Union in March 2019.

 

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