After McDonald’s stopped using plastic straws and substituted them with paper straws, many people started debating whether the paper straws are better. Even though using paper straws is much better for the environment than using plastic ones, they are not exactly eco-friendly. Generally, products made from paper can be recycled, however, companies do not accept products that are contaminated with food, thus making paper straws still a single-use waste item.
However, bars in Italy have taken an impressive approach to solve this problem. The bars started offering pasta straws for the drinks.
A Reddit user posted a snap of their drink with a straw made out of pasta and wrote ‘Here in Italy bars are starting to use pasta as straws to reduce plastic use. Our technology amazes the world another time.’
People responded to the picture very positively and loved the idea.
However, pasta straws weren’t an invention of Italian bars since a few places in the UK have already been trying them out.
Stroodles is a company that specializes in making straws from wheat and water so if you’re ordering from anywhere this is the company for you. These straws are 100% biodegradable and vegan. The straws can last for up to an hour but make sure you don’t drink your tea or coffee with them.
These straws have no taste and can be left on the compost heap when you finish drinking from them.
— STROODLES Pasta Straws (@stroodles_straw) October 1, 2019
A Stroodles spokesperson told Metro that “You can use Stroodles and sleep guilt-free, as being a food product, they decompose overnight without any extra action, unlike paper straws, which take thirty to sixty days. 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.”
Brace & Browns on Whiteladies Road in Bristol in 2018 presented pasta straws to lower the use of plastic.
The owners told that the reaction of the customers was very positive and the taste of the drink wasn’t affected at all.
— Joanne Ashman (@JoAshers) April 18, 2018
The ocean plastic campaigner at Greenpeace UK, Elena Polisano, told the sun last year that “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.”
Even though pasta straws are a way to move forward, certain kinds of pasta straws could be better than others. For example, you wouldn’t want to use linguine. However, the best ones you can buy are from Stroodles.
— Pago Premium Juices (@PagoFruitJuices) September 14, 2019
The founder of Stroodles, Maxim Gelmann, told Metro that “While we’re a very logical and effortless solution to the plastic problem, Stroodles is not just a straw company. Our driving goal is to become a vehicle for change and we hope that Stroodles can act as an enabler, subtly inspiring people to question how they consume everyday items. We hope these incremental changes will lead to a ripple effect and create a greater shift in behavior, one Stroodle at a time.”