A year on after launching her campaign to ban plastic straws, Kate Forbes MSP has said she hopes 2019 will see further progress on the issue.
Last year scores of public bodies, supermarkets, cafes, bars and restaurants ditched plastic straws in favour of biodegradable alternatives.
The MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch – whose constituency covers the east and west coasts of Scotland – took up the fight after hearing about the damage to coastal wildlife caused by plastic pollution.
Her campaigning efforts over the past year resulted in Ms Forbes being named as a finalist for an RSPB’s Nature of Scotland Award.
Kate Forbes MSP said: “It has now been a year since I launched the Final Straw campaign.
“Since then, lots of retailers have stopped providing or selling plastic straws and the Scottish Government has committed to phasing in a ban on plastic straws.
“An advisor was also appointed by the Scottish Government to consider how any proposed ban will affect disabled people and ensure that there are no unintended consequences.”
The MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch continued: “Ultimately, a plastic straw is just one symbol of single-use plastic and the problem is much wider than straws.
“Litter still plagues our coastlines and we’re still consuming too much plastic.
“2018 was a hugely succesful year for raising awareness of single use plastic – I hope 2019 builds on that.”