The pub chain’s decision to do away with straws is expected to stop 70m of them ending up in landfill or the sea every year. Here are some other plastics we perhaps could do without.

Drinkers heading to Wetherspoon’s for a tipple will have to do without plastic straws from the end of this year as the cheap (and occasionally cheerful) high-street pub chain does its bit to tackle the problem of global plastic pollution.

Following on the heels of companies such as Tesco, which last month announced it would stop selling its 5p single-use plastic bags, Wetherspoon’s senses the tide is turning against unnecessary plastics and claims that the move will stop 70m plastic straws finding their way into landfill or the world’s oceans every year.

But much more needs to be done. Scientists warn that plastic pollution risks near–permanent contamination of the planet. This bleak prediction is borne out as news emerges, seemingly every week, that plastic is already finding its way into anything and everything – from fish to tap water to salt.

Since the 1950s, humans have produced 8.3bn tonnes of plastic – equivalent in weight to one billion elephants – and it will last for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years. Plastic has undoubtedly brought some benefits but much of it is pure indulgence and scientists warn that its prevalence – in everything from teabags to clothes – is destroying our oceans and having unknown health consequences for humans and wildlife.

The answer then is to rage against this stupidity with every (natural) fibre of your being until politicians and corporations are forced to change course. Continue reading here