In an effort to cut down on ocean plastic, the European Union voted to ban single-use plastic items throughout the EU by 2021. This includes plastic straws, which take up around 4% of the world’s plastic pollution. However, this doesn’t mean you have to go without the drink-sipping tools. People around the world are using alternatives to plastic such as bamboo, glass, and, in Italy, they’re drinking from pasta straws.
Redditor GranFabio recently shared a photo revealing how some bars in Italy have started serving their drinks with environmentally friendly pasta straws. He wrote, “Here in Italy bars are starting to use pasta as straws to reduce plastic use. Our technology amazes the world another time.”
His image soon went viral, with many people loving the idea. One person wrote, “Italian engineering at its finest.”
Italy isn’t the only place to adopt the pasta straw though, a London-based company called Stroodles, produces edible, biodegradable pasta straws made from wheat and water, so they’re 100% vegan too.
Stroodles spokesperson said, “You can use Stroodles and sleep guilt-free, as being a food product, they decompose over night without any extra action, unlike paper straws, which take thirty to sixty days”.
He added, “As with any straw it is not recommended to drink hot beverages with it, as it might cause probable injury like tongue burn. Stroodles are recommended for use with cold drinks, unless you want to make a noodle soup”.
Elena Polisano, ocean plastics campaigner at Greenpeace UK, said, “There are some people who genuinely need straws to be able to drink independently. But for most people they’re a bit daft and unnecessary. Pasta straws are a new one on us, but it’s brilliant to see the kinds of ideas people are coming up with to help stop the flow of plastic pollution into the environment. The best alternatives to plastic straws should be accessible for all, reduce waste and move us away from the throwaway culture we’ve become used to.”