The public backlash against plastic, supported by Government policy and legislation, has lead to the widespread withdrawal of position-able, plastic drinking straws, despite straws making up only 0.025% of pollution worldwide, less in the UK. There is no evidence to support Government statistics citing straws as a significant problem. (https://www.channel4.com/news/factcheck/factcheck-no-evidence-for-governments-plastic-straw-claims)
Rigid alternatives made from paper, metal, wheat and other materials are not suitable, practical substitutes. Despite reassurance to the contrary plastic straws are not available through alternative channels such as chemists. Bars and restaurants are not making them available on demand. Disabled people are finding themselves unable to drink and eat in sufficient quantities to maintain their health, both out and about and increasingly in their own homes.
What steps will you take to address this emerging crisis, reverse the straw ban and educate the public about the effects of this harmful policy?