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Want to really clean up the ocean? It will take more than a ban on plastic straws

We should all do what we can to live more sustainably. But the complex operations needed to clean up our oceans will require effort from governments and companies—not just individuals

By Lizzie Huxley-Jones  

It is 2018, and plastic straws are the enemy of all that is good. Or at least that’s how it feels.

In the wake of Blue Planet 2’s pleas for reduced plastic use and a distressing viral video of a turtle with a straw lodged in its head, single-use straws have become a favourite target of the environmental movement.

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