Plastic straws, drink stirrers and cotton swabs could be banned in England under plans proposed by the UK government to reduce plastic waste and protect the world's oceans.
Prime Minister Theresa May will also call on all other Commonwealth countries to join the fight against plastic pollution as their leaders meet Thursday in London, Downing Street said.
She described the United Kingdom as a "world leader" on the issue of plastics, adding that the British public had "shown passion and energy embracing our plastic bag charge and microbead ban."
Louise Edge, senior oceans campaigner at environmental campaign group Greenpeace UK, said the UK government had made a "strong move" on banning some of the most unnecessary single-use plastics but that it was important to go further.
Last month, the UK government announced it intends to introduce a deposit on plastic bottles, requiring customers to pay an extra levy when buying single-use drink containers that will be refunded once those items are recycled.
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