Pasta straw: the new addition to the environmentally friendly revolution
As people have finally come to realize that plastic straws suck, a new option in Australia is now available for people who wants to be more environmentally responsible but couldn’t be bothered to maintain a reusable straw such as metal and bamboo straws.
To be specific, pasta straws are already being distributed to stall owners and shoppers in Malak market as a way of introducing them to this commitment-free but environmentally friendly option.
The straw pasta is 100 percent organic made from Semolina, spaghetti standard flour, and water. Just like normal raw pasta, it will keep its form for at least 20 to 25 minutes unless it is cooked. Which makes it better than paper straws.
In a report from NT News, straw designer Federico Di Paola discussed the advantages in opting for this edible straw.
“It’s very good to have something that you can honestly throw it on the ground, and it will dissolve with water, with the next rain, or animals can eat it, because it’s all completely natural,” he said.
Australian researchers Denise Hardesty and Chris Wilcox estimate that US beaches alone are littered with around 7.5 million plastic straws.
Worldwide, the total could range anywhere from 437 million to 8.3 million. Because they are so small, they are almost never recycled and contribute to the estimated eight million tons of plastic being dumped into the oceans each year.