England looks to ban plastic straws

UK prime minister, Theresa May has announced that a consultation will begin later this year that could lead to the banning of cotton buds, plastic drinking straws and other single-use plastics from sale in England in 2019.

The move is the latest in a drive to halt the pollution of the world’s rivers and oceans. Plastic is a growing threat to whales and dolphins as well as seabirds and other marine creatures with over half of all whale and dolphin species recorded eating plastics they've mistaken for food.

Plastic pollution in the ocean
Plastic pollution in the ocean

Theresa May hopes to use the announcement to encourage the Commonwealth heads of government to join the fight when leaders meet this week.

For more information on the plastics issue, its effect of whales and dolphins, and how you can help, go to WDC’s #NotWhaleFood site.