Plastic pollution is one of the biggest problems our planet is facing at the moment. Which is why governments across the world are imposing bans on single-use plastic items. Many countries are encouraging citizens to exchange use and throw bottles/cups for bus tickets. In India, the Mumbai airport has announced a fine on passengers carrying plastic bottles while many cities have used plastic waste to build roads.
With growing awareness about sustainability, eco-conscious food joints, as well as individuals, are saying NO to plastic straws. They are opting for alternatives such as paper straws, metal straws, and bamboo straws. And now, there’s another biodegradable option available – pasta straws!
— Greg Wagoner (@tcdriver) October 2, 2019
According to HuffPost, these edible straws are inspired by the bucatini pasta. Made out of flour and water, these work for about an hour after which they become soft as opposed to paper ones that become soggy in 5 minutes. It takes them 3 months to compost (to put things in perspective, plastic straws take 200 years to break down).
ABC News reports that many pubs in the UK and bars in Italy have started using these tube-shaped uncooked noodles while serving beverages. Their only drawback is that they’re not ideal for hot drinks. However, they can be used as stirrers in coffee and hot chocolate. In addition, they are vegan and flavourless, claim manufacturers.
— STROODLES Pasta Straws (@stroodles_straw) October 1, 2019
People are loving this new plastic replacement and are marvelling at this simple yet genius idea that’s cost-effective and convenient.
Plastic straws kill the environment
Paper straws fall apart in 30 seconds
Pasta straws – the future!
— Oli (@olitheblog) October 1, 2019
Plastic straws – bad for the planet.
Paper straws – fall apart within minutes.
Pasta straws? Perfection! 👏 pic.twitter.com/tz1rqTQEmO
— Kate Lawler (@katelawler) September 30, 2019
bars in italy using pasta straws is the most italian shit i've ever seen in my whole life
— Kyle Gaddo (@kylegaddo) October 4, 2019
I’ve gotta say using pasta for straws has been the best alternative I have seen for plastic pic.twitter.com/ag3TchGrRF
— Dr Le Quack (@dr_lequack04) October 5, 2019
tired: metal straws
wired: PASTA STRAWS pic.twitter.com/7ZM4TuqtrF
— Gabby Noone (@twelveoclocke) October 2, 2019
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everyone should use pasta for straws
— ayo (@ayomatweets) September 30, 2019
Pros to using pasta as a straw:
– it's not plastic
– it doesn't fall apart after using it three times
– it's pasta so you get to eat it
— Kelly Vaughn 🐞 (@kvlly) September 29, 2019
Italians have started using pasta noodles as replacements for straws and honestly hats off to another great instance of Italian engineering pic.twitter.com/iXlmgOGI2K
— London Tipton ☭ (@Procrvstinvtion) September 29, 2019
Why aren’t we using these pasta tubes as straws? pic.twitter.com/PryW0YhgZ4
— Adam Holley (@adamjholley) September 30, 2019
Pasta instead of straws is the smartest idea ever
— 𝕸𝖔𝖉𝖊𝖘𝖙𝖊𝖕 (@Modestep) September 22, 2019
Earlier, a former IITian named Dhritiman Bora created bamboo water bottles that were eco-friendly and leak proof to combat plastic pollution. Are there any other creative alternatives to plastic you’ve come across?