For the past couple of months, we’ve been hearing a lot of about the horrible effects plastic straws have on the environment–they most concern poor turtles with plastic straws stuck in their noses…
Due to this, a few restaurants in Malaysia stopped handing out straws unless they were specifically requested by customers. A local organisation also started the Tak Nak Straw movement to promote and champion against the use of plastic straws.
Well, looks like now our government is hopping onto the bandwagon too! The Star reported that beginning from 1st January 2019, all plastic straws will be banned in Malaysia’s federal territories–that’s Labuan, Putrajaya and KL, in case you weren’t paying attention in school.
Any businesses found to be using plastic straws in this area will have their license terminated! Woah, they’re serious about this!
Speaking about the ban, the Federal Territories Ministry said, “Business owners may also be fined, lose their deposits, have their trading items confiscated or even imprisoned. The ban on plastic straws is in addition to the ban on plastic bags and polystyrene food packaging, which started in September last year (2017).”
They added that business owners will have no excuse to claim that they didn’t know about the ban as “the requirements are clearly stated in their business licences”.
Just so you know, plastic straws are very harmful to the environment as they are hard to recycle, are not biodegradable and they (obviously) threaten our marine life. Most people don’t realise how many plastic straws they use in a year. According to this post by The Star, Malaysians use up to 31 million plastic straws every year (that’s a lot of straws).
We hope the government will implement the ban in other areas soon too! And if you’re going to start shopping for reusable straws, we have some recommendations!