Delayed UK Government ban on plastic cotton buds comes into force... and The Cotton Bud Project winds down.

Another success. Today the delayed ban on plastic cotton buds, drink stirrers and straws came into force across England

This marks (almost) the final milestone for The Cotton Bud Project and draws it to an even greater closure. 

Since 2013, colleagues at Fidra have tirelessly worked to end plastic pollution from plastic cotton buds, by working with scientists, retailers, and governments to put forward the case that something needed to be done.

By identifying plastic stemmed cotton buds as a plastic pollution problem that could be solved, we hoped it would not only address one of the top ten litter items that pollute our beaches but also show industry and government that change is possible. This change would show that plastic could be replaced and rethought in other everyday products, including single-use plastic items.

Prior to the current wave of interest in marine pollution, inspired by the BBC’s Blue Planet II, we saw it as an opportunity to pave the way for change in tackling marine plastics; acting as a catalyst to reduce our reliance on single-use plastic items. A clear problem with a clear solution

Whilst our team at Fidra turns its focus to other projects, we will keep a watchful eye on any further developments.

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