MORE British businesses have removed plastic drinking straws from their products.

Marriott International, London City Airport and Eurostar are the latest firms to ditch the plastic straw, following in the footsteps of All Bar One, JD Wetherspoon, Costa Coffee and Wagamamas.

Their decision came after environmentalists expressed concerns over the amount of plastic waste in the sea.

“The speed at which leading businesses are ditching plastic straws shows throwaway plastic is quickly losing its social licence,” said Greenpeace UK campaigner, Louise Edge.

“Straws are among the worst examples of the use-once-and-bin plastic threatening our oceans.

“They can do real harm to marine life, whether they get stuck up a turtle’s nose or in a fish’s mouth.

“In most cases, we can simply do without straws, and, whenever they’re genuinely needed, there are good alternatives made of less harmful materials.”

In Gibraltar, the Nautilus Project, headed by Lewis and Melanie Stagnetto, has launched a campaign #PawsOffStraws.

It’s aim is to encourage local businesses to replace plastic straws with sustainable alternatives, such as paper.