LONDON - Britain plans to ban the sale of plastic straws and other single-use products and is pressing Commonwealth allies to also take action to tackle marine waste, the office of Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May said.
It said drink-stirrers and cotton buds would also be banned under the plans.
Mrs May has pledged to eradicate avoidable plastic waste by 2042 as part of a "national plan of action".
"Plastic waste is one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world, which is why protecting the marine environment is central to our agenda at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting," Mrs May said in a statement ahead of a Commonwealth summit on Thursday (April 19).
Leaders from the Commonwealth - a network of 53 countries, mostly former British colonies - are meeting in London this week.