Do you think the ban on plastic straws, stirrers, and cotton buds goes far enough?


31st May 2019

THE Government has confirmed a ban on plastic straws, stirrers, and cotton buds in England in an attempt to seriously reduce plastic waste. But is the ban far-reaching enough?

Environment Secretary Michael Gove confirmed the news last week, following overwhelming public support for a ban. It is hoped that the ban will help soften the impact that nearly 4.7 billion plastic straws, 316 million plastic stirrers and 1.8 billion plastic-stemmed cotton buds have been having every year on our fragile environment. A ban on the supply of plastic straws, drink stirrers and cotton buds will come into effect in England in April 2020. The ban will include exceptions so that those with medical needs or a disability are still able to continue to access plastic straws.

According to the Government, restaurants, pubs and bars will not be able to display plastic straws or automatically give them out to customers, but they will be able to provide them on request (for example, for those with medical conditions).

Mr Gove said: “Urgent and decisive action is needed to tackle plastic pollution and protect our environment. These items are often used for just a few minutes but take hundreds of years to break down, ending up in our seas and oceans and harming precious marine life.

“So today I am taking action to turn the tide on plastic pollution, and ensure we leave our environment in a better state for future generations.”But does Gove’s ban go far enough? Environmental organisation Friends of the Earth don’t think so. They have called on Mr Gove “to introduce legislation covering all unnecessary plastics”, not just plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds.

According to Emma Priestland, plastics campaigner at Friends of the Earth, these three items are “just a fraction of the single-use plastic nasties” used for a short amount of time that end up polluting the natural environment. The environmental group are campaigning for legislation to go much further: “We’re campaigning for legislation to cut back on pointless plastic across the board.”


The Government has confirmed a ban on plastic straws, stirrers, and cotton buds in England, but do you think this ban goes far enough?


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gogogirl09 · 12 months ago

no this ban has gone nowhere near far enough. just ban all plastic people !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

gogogirl09 · 12 months ago

also i am first to comment

arthurd · 12 months ago

I think that this ban is a good start, and that it's paving the way to a green future. But no, I don't think that this ban on its own goes far enough on its own. There are so many other unnecessary plastic products that need to be banned as well, such as disposable coffee cups, small, single use plastic water bottles and plastic cups.

soztop · 12 months ago

I personally believe the plastic has gone to the MAX
any more and many people won't be able to cope

puplove197 · 12 months ago

Definitely not they should definitely ban a lot more things as the more they ban the better for the environment

xx_tan_xx · 12 months ago

I think the ban is great because straws, stirrers and buds are not essential to the well being of humans and because we use so many i think the ban is a perfect idea and should stay the same.

ginnywise · 12 months ago

I think that first news is helping with the new packaging.

heh · 12 months ago

I think we should try to extend this further!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

asbml · 12 months ago

It is a good start but not enough I think. There are also other things to think about such as cars, electricity and other things.

asbml · 12 months ago

I can't believe 4.7 billion plastic straws, 316 million plastic stirrers and 1.8 billion plastic-stemmed cotton buds are used every year!

jesusrules · 12 months ago

No I think that the government should ban more small things that won't hugely affect our lives, but will still change the amount of plastic we use (eg. plastic wrapping for packages).

rowanpr · 12 months ago

i think they should ban more plastic

juliam · 12 months ago

i think this ban will help improve the future and decrease pollution and climate change. it will make a big difference to our sociaty.

rivalgamer · 12 months ago

I still believe that the scale of what needs to be done is still huge compared to what is actually being done, but banning plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds is a huge and very important leap that will have a really positive effect on our planet.

purplebook · 12 months ago

I think it might go far enough, it is good that they are reacting on the environment but I think we could try harder ?

plane · 12 months ago

I think this has gone far enough. Climate change leaders and environment secretaries keep saying the will do things but they don't.

angelshine · 12 months ago

I don't because if we don't make a big change then it's going to become out of our control to stop it.

bigbouille · 12 months ago

Paper straws can be used instead of plastic ones.

teamgorbo1 · 12 months ago

I think this ban is a very good start in reducing our single use plastic waste. I think the next step could be to control how much plastic supermarkets are allowed to put on products for example Easter eggs and food packaging . People don’t want to buy this plastic but what is the other option?

dotmatilda · 12 months ago

No, what about plastic bags and bottles!

gamer07 · 12 months ago

Saving the environment is very important, and with metal items out there, there should be a ban on all single use items. there should also be a ban on anything that takes more than a year to biodegrade.

gamer07 · 12 months ago


elephant_m · 12 months ago

I think the government should do a bit better because the bad thing about using cardboard is that you can only use it once. Also, there are much more things out in the world that uses plastics so if they really want to stop using plastic, maybe give up all plastics.

asbml · 12 months ago

I really can't believe it. ??

panda11 · 12 months ago

I think that plastic straws ect should be banned and replaced with reusable ones!

coolshark1 · 12 months ago

I think they should ban plastic stirrers and cotton buds but not plastic straws because when you suck on the paper straws they all go soggy

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bunnyboy10 · 12 months ago

I don't think the ban has gone far enough.

kavitharan · 12 months ago

I think this ban is far too much!!!! So many things have been banned. some things need plastic and they should stay that way. For example: you could change the sticks of cotton buds to paper.

iswizz10 · 12 months ago

Yes I think it is good because they are very bad for the environment and our planet. Also (eg.) we can use paper straws instead.

avion14 · 12 months ago

No because there are more plastic objects hurting our environment such as plastic plates, plastic cups and bags. These objects are all having very serious effects on animals, especially sea life. The Government should ban more plastic objects to make our world a safer place for all living creatures. Other countries, such as France, have already banned plastic bags.

pbadminton · 12 months ago


sloth2008 · 12 months ago

I think everyone should go as far as they can to save the environment so I think that people should keep going.

welovenews · 12 months ago

I cant vote!!!!!

welovenews · 12 months ago

Yes i do. What is wrong with plastic straws?

cookieyay · 12 months ago

Plastic is eating up our planet!

aces10 · 12 months ago

No! Banning plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds is a start, but what about all the other plastic that we use?

mancityfan · 12 months ago

Ban all single use plastics
It has NOT gone far enough AT ALL

avaturner · 12 months ago

I know that plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds are bad for the environment BUT we like them , I know its not my choice but I want them still . Banning them might go to far but I do (kind of) agree .

fiabunny · 12 months ago

it will make a big improvement but there are still a lot of plastic things that people do not particularly need that could be band. we still have a long journey to a green future so keep on going on those strikes and shouting 'are we nearly there yet'.

swace · 12 months ago

Plastic is a huge problem, affecting our oceans, marine life, etc. We need to do something to sort this problem out. That is not just banning straws, etc, its banning all plastics like bags, bottles and more so there will no longer be a reason for plastic pollution. This would stop people just leaving plastic to rot in the seas and kill millions of sealife.

flybee · 12 months ago

In my opinion, this ban doesn’t go anywhere near far enough. At least it’s a start; the current government have done practically nothing until now, but we need to ban plastic bags, coffee cups and bottles as well - or at least make it harder to mass - produce them.

bestslime1 · 12 months ago

it does not as it will still not help all the animals who are swallowing plastic bags and are getting it mistaken for their food . It is not good enough so we need to do something about it !

agossus · 12 months ago


annakaplon · 12 months ago

its not enough our planet is being ruined. ban plastic and replace it with glass or tin

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rwnd0ms · 12 months ago

No! This ban must go on long before plastic is actually removed from England. Plastic affects the environment and it can cause danger to our planet. The amount of plastic thrown into our grounds is terrifying. It can go into the oceans and affect sealife/wildlife.

latte06 · 12 months ago

it's a good start but not enough. If we don't take action now, it will gradually become worse and worse. The government should ban all plastic and single-use items altogether.

adgjl · 12 months ago

There are just 5 words for this situation:

toffeedogs · 12 months ago

it's a start but I think we'll need to do a lot more to save the planet

katiepie · 12 months ago


12ah · 12 months ago

I agree with arthurd , it is a start , but many more things could be banned aswell. I also think that flushing things such as cotten buds and tampons down the toilet should be illegal too, because they will also end up in the ocean. Things such as plastic cups and coffee cups should also be banned.

fenry · 12 months ago

I agree with arthurd's comment and that it is a good start but no, it is not going far enough to be reducing most plastic waste but is a step in the right direction.
If people/companies were to cut down/stop producing/using single-use plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds. For example, you could use as an alternative, metal-stainless steal straws and you can buy paper cotton buds and wooden stirrers.

oceangirl · 12 months ago

I think it is helping but I don’t think it is enough to make a big enough impact on the planets health

islawight · 12 months ago

No because you still see plastic around the world. REDUCE PLASTIC USE!

llama37 · 12 months ago

I think we are getting there but we need immediate action no just a few items.

5honypony · 12 months ago

I believe banning just plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds is an improvement but not enough. Plastic may kill our Earth, and we HAVE to do something about it before it is too late...

holholster · 12 months ago

If the Government want to tackle plastic pollution, they really need to up their game! In my opinion, things such as plastic bottles and plastic bags should also be banned.

dog13 · 12 months ago

NO, the damage has all ready been done!!

roy012 · 12 months ago

Defiantly not, it is a start but not enough.

izzylottie · 12 months ago

I think we should ban all plastic !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

izzylottie · 12 months ago

Ban all plastics

.graceful · 12 months ago

This is getting out of hand

Stella · 12 months ago

I disagree with the ban the new paper straws dissolve in the drink I understand about the animals that are being killed about it but i'ts impossible to drink with a paper straw. Either way they might be other solutions out there. :D

missgalaxy · 12 months ago

I think we shouldn't get ahead of ourselves and destroy everything plastic. Some things are essential to daily life and should remain here for now

disneygeek · 11 months ago

I think that this is a start but we can go much further. We can either use not paper products instead or biodegradable materials.

disneygeek · 11 months ago

Sorry I didn't mean to put the not

mungus · 11 months ago

No ?. This needs to be extended!! Paper straws can be used, paper bags, non-disposable plates, bowls and cups, water bottles that don't be used once, and all sorts of other non-plastic things!!!

natalija · 11 months ago

I do not think this goes far enough because stirrers, straws and cotton buds are just the smallest aspects of the plastic problem and there are much bigger pieces of plastic out there that nobody is considering removing.

newsfreak1 · 11 months ago

Errr no

7612 · 11 months ago

I think that even though there is a ban Most cafès are obviously not aware of it because my family still always has to ask for no straws unless they are reusable or paper.
And by reusable straws i mean the ones you get in some water bottles.
It hasn't gone far enough at all as to be hones i wasn't actually aware of it as there were still so many straws beeing given out.

meadwaym · 11 months ago

This is a small start but at least it's something. It's our future and the government need to help us!

l1lysg · 11 months ago

i think ban plastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i.q.t.pup · 11 months ago

I think we should because this OUR waste won’t be thrown into the ocean!

lotussk8er · 11 months ago

I believe that more must be done before we can reverse the damage that plastic has caused to our planet.

fg_bungle · 11 months ago

No. This is a small step but not big enough. There should be a ban on all single use plastic and swap the plastic for the potato starch alternative.

forkpower · 11 months ago

no because there are lots of plastic things, but these are only a small percentage of single use plastic resources.

sxfi_xo · 11 months ago

This ban can definitely be pushed further! Plastic needs to be reduced as we are killing our planet along with the amazing animals that live within (including us!) There are also plenty of alternatives to many unnecessary plastic items- metal/paper straws being one of them. It is estimated in 2050 there will be more plastic in the sea than fish but this can prevented. In my opinion more plastic bans should be made to make our planet healthier and happier.

sxfi_xo · 11 months ago

P.S. Although I strongly disagree with using plastic I understand that we will not be able to ban all plastics right away; that is why it is so important to cut down on plastic, because gradually we will use less and less. I also recommend watching WAR ON PLASTIC WITH HUGH AND ANITA which you can find on BBC Iplayer and it has some shocking facts about what plastic is doing to our planet.

lol123 · 11 months ago

No way. We should ban all plastic otherwise it will probably be the end of the world soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!??

ellk · 11 months ago

This ban is a start but not enough! They say we will be a greener country but at the moment they are not doing enough. They just banned this because they think this will get us off there backs about plastic and climate change so they can take care of other more important things, but it wont!

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chocmuffin · 11 months ago

This ban is a start, and I'm, very glad it is being put in place. However, there is a lot more single use plastic circulating round our waste system, and this has not nearly one far enough.

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emmapower · 11 months ago

I don’t think so but at least it’s something.

sparkledog · 11 months ago

no they need to ban loads more plastic things

9dolphin · 11 months ago

The ban is a good start. It is proving that if we try we can get something to be done about it but they only make up a fraction of the plastic polluting our seas, we need to ban all unnecessary plastic like packaging and things we use like yoghurt pots.

lfcrules · 11 months ago

No they should do more about it but first news is helping with the new wrapping though

fortnite34 · 11 months ago

just stop the ban

kuhuzoo9 · 11 months ago

Good start but it NEEDS to go further!!??

ik2010 · 10 months ago

i think that its ruining gods world so, STOP WASTING PASTIC!

pandaworld · 10 months ago

Huge huge (x100000) NOOOOOOOOO!

manners3 · 10 months ago

It's not enough! We don't need plastic, get rid of it all!

ameliau · 10 months ago

I think they should ban all plastic.

rights123 · 10 months ago

No we all need to do are part in plastic pollution and we are not doing enough. #doyourpart

maz2010 · 10 months ago

We need to not have so much plastic for us and the animals!!!

unicorn07 · 10 months ago


unicorn07 · 10 months ago

this ban is an AMAZING start

now lets ban some jobs that make plastic

gwenrat · 10 months ago

Ban all plastic- we are destroying our world.

gwenrat · 10 months ago

#extinction rebellion

junior19 · 10 months ago


earthling. · 9 months ago

No. No. NO. NOOOOOO. We need to cut down on pretty much all plastic. If people are willing to save the planet by buying eco products, that will mean more income for the companies that make them, so no-one has the excuse of; It'S mORe ExPensiVe.

flute123 · 9 months ago

NO NO NO! People need to do more!

cambotg · 8 months ago


vvvv · 8 months ago

It's a good start but needs to go further to save the planet. Make littering punishable by law and recycling compulsory? Then again we should have a different group who separately fine people (make them pay) for litter as police have to deal with the increasing number of crime (knife crime for example) and make several offences mean forbidden from buying any plastics, and more offences prison sentence.

opsm909 · 7 months ago

No,as if more things were banned, it would be better for the environment.

bmann · 7 months ago

NO!Because millions of shops are expected to keep on selling them.

wireskid · 4 months ago

No, how about crisp wrappers they could be paper!

wireskid · 4 months ago

NO!!! They are still everywhere!!!😡

wireskid · 4 months ago

fortnite34, why stop the ban?!

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