STRAWS ARE ONLY THE BEGINNING
Plastic straws, cutlery and other utensils (also known as single-use plastics) are cheap and disposable. This makes them convenient for businesses as well as consumers to use and dispose.
The problem: this convenience is wreaking havoc on marine life and other natural environments alike. It has allowed single-use plastics to pollute and tarnish some of the most beautiful places on our planet, possibly beyond repair.
As if that is not enough; single-use plastics (like other polymers) are created from a finite resource (oil) and have proven difficult to collect, let alone recycle, even in the most wealthy and advanced nations of our planet.
That is why the EU decided to ban all single-use plastic cutlery, cotton buds, straws and stirrers by 2021.