South Korea will ban the use of disposable cups in cafes from 2021.
The environment ministry announced the plan today as part of efforts to reduce disposable products by 35 percent by 2022.
Once the measures take effect, customers will only be allowed to use mugs inside shops and pay extra for the paper cups they use to take out leftover drinks.
The new regulation will also be applied to a wide range of items, including plastic straws from 2022 and disposable spoons and chopsticks that are provided with delivery or take-out foods from 2021.
Complimentary amenities, such as toothpaste and shampoo will be prohibited in all accommodations from 2024.