Mother Of Disabled Girl Is Asking Shops To Stop Banning Single Use Plastic Straws



By Lucy Middleton in the Metro.


A mother with a disabled daughter is fighting for stores and restaurants to not ‘jump the gun’ when it comes to banning single use plastic straws.

Karen Grimwade’s daughter Lucy, 15, was diagnosed with severe Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) in 2015 and cannot drink without a straw.

But now the pair are struggling to find places to buy what they need due an upcoming ban in the UK, expected to come into force between October 2019 and October 2020.

The government is currently holding a consultation on the proposed law, but Mrs Grimwade, from West Yorkshire, has found that plastic straws have already been removed from many shops and restaurants.

‘For Lucy, straws are not a luxury. They’re a necessity,’ she told

‘For an important minority of people, this is life and death. Those who need to use single use plastic straws are not people who want to pollute the seas.


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