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For decades, plastic straws have been essential props for cocktail makers, smoothie lovers and fast food addicts.With public pressure growing on governments, particularly in Europe, to ban single use plastics, manufacturers are feeling the heat.According to peer-reviewed U.S. journal Science magazine, 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into the Earth's oceans and seas each year – 250 kilograms every second.The British government in April said it planned to ban the sale of single-use plastics including straws.India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pledged to make his country free of single use plastic by 2022 .Europe's top plastic straws manufacturer Soyez, which is based in France, is also uncertain about how to make the transition.Activists fear, however, that biowaste may end up in the oceans – much like plastic has for decades.As such, Nicholls said the only hope for humanity is to reduce our use of plastics.
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