Although a long time in the making, the EU has announced a member-state-wide ban on plastic drinking straws, plastic plates and similar disposable, single-use plastic items, coming into effect in the next two years.

The ban is intended to contribute towards reducing the masses of plastic waste in the environment and in the world’s oceans. 

Although some UK businesses have expressed warnings that the ban could harm them economically, biodegradable, eco-friendly drinking straws can be just as inexpensive as single-usage plastic drinking straws and many argue that any differences in pricing can be offset through brands associating with greener, kinder items, like biodegradable drinking straws.

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