"The European parliament has voted to ban single-use plastic cutlery, cotton buds, straws and stirrers as part of a sweeping law against plastic waste that despoils beaches and pollutes oceans."
"Today we have taken an important step to reduce littering and plastic pollution in our oceans and seas. We got this, we can do this. Europe is setting new and ambitious strandards, paving the way for the rest of the world."
- Frans Timmermans, European commission vice-president, The Guardian
"Today's announcement coincides with the EU debate today and tomorrow over the amends to the Single Use Plastic Directive and reinforces that the UK will be following thet direction in banning plastic straws, stirrers, cotton buds and balloon sticks."- Packaging Europe