Do you know that only in America nearly 500 million plastic straws are consumed daily and are never recycled? Plastic straws are the major source of marine plastic waste. Nearly 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have some forms of plastics in their stomachs. A worldwide dilemma!
So what can we do to give these marine creatures more mortal rate? Scientists have been working on this for years. Different entrepreneurs have jumped in to replace plastic straws with biodegradable ideas and few of them are practically doing this.
An Italian joint serves ‘Ziti Noodles’ as a replacement of plastic straws.
The New York Pub serves ‘Twizzlers’ with their drinks.
Anthropologie is serving ‘bamboo straws’.
Lolistraw Edible straws! One best alternative!
Recently a new invention has been done by Lolistraw which is edible straws. These edible straws are not only eco-friendly but also easily biodegradable. They are made from basically sea-weed and that is why very beneficial for marine life. Not only this, to reduce plastic consumption in the world, Loliware has also introduced edible cups back in 2015 from which you can drink and eat! An easy solution to party mess! Drink and Eat! The best thing about these edible straws is that you can eat them after finishing your drink! There are certain flavors of these straws which will not affect the taste of your drink and you can easily eat them afterward. These flavors come in vanilla dust, caramel, chocolate, citrus and even air (the one with literally no taste). How plastic straws are affecting us? Plastic straws were originally made in the 1960s when the other non-plastic straws failed who ruined the taste of the drink. These straws became popular with the time because they were the easiest way to enjoy your drink and dump them in dustbins. Until now! With the increase in the world's population, restaurants and café who offer quick beverages and you can also say a ‘lifestyle’ we are living, the use of plastic straws have tremendously increased. Every day, 500 million plastic straws are consumed and the figures are rising. All of these plastic straws are not even recycled because of their tiny size which is not detected on the recycling sorters. Remember when they used to teach “use dustbin” in schools, they were very right! When we dump our cups and straws from the car they fly away with the wind pressure and the chances are high that somehow they will end up in an ocean. Similarly, while enjoying on a beach or vacation we don’t even care about our empty cups and we just leave them there, putting the marine life in danger. Plastic straw effects on Oceans:
These plastic straws can’t be recycled, biodegrade or compose.
0.03% of our oceans are clustered with plastic. It may seem a little amount but practically is the reason for the death of many sea creatures.
71% of seabirds engulf plastic.
30% turtles have plastic materials in their stomach.
Recent bans on plastic straws! It’s good to know that our government is taking serious steps towards a green environment. With recent hazardous incidents happened to marine life (where many sharks, whales, turtles, and other sea creatures were found dead due to extensive plastic material stuck in their digestive system), many states have passed the law on a permanent ban on plastic straws. The pioneers are Seattle, California, Charleston, and many others are still following them. The plastic straw ban in California By 2019, California will strictly follow the no plastic straw rule. The restaurants are advised not to give customer plastic straws unless they demand it themselves during a dine-in. otherwise, the restaurant will be charged $25/day. This rule doesn't apply to the takeaway drinks but still, it's a good step towards an eco-friendly environment. The plastic straw ban in Seattle Similarly, In Seattle, many awareness campaigns are working in order to reduce our plastic consumption. In September, different business took part in "Strawless Seattle" and the results were incredible! 2.3 million Plastic straws were removed from the city alone in that month. That means that taking official initiatives will have a serious impact on the citizens. The plastic straw ban in Charleston Charleston is already working on reducing its plastic consumption by announcing al sort of plastic bags foam containers and plastic straws. The recent votes (11-2) were all in favor of putting a ban on plastic straws completely. These bans are having controversies too as they raise a question of disabled people who can’t drink all by themselves and the states are giving relaxation to them. With these bans on plastic straws, big companies are working to reduce their plastic straw production. For example, Seattle based Starbucks is making strawless lids and working on reducing their plastic straw strategy in order to play their role in this huge campaign.
Different celebrities and influencers are working on awareness on the reduction of plastic straw usage. They are working on a weekly no straw office hour campaign, say no to plastic straws, and avoid plastic straws when you are out and many more! Their followers do not only love the idea but are extensively sharing throughout the world. Benefits of edible straws:
There are plenty of benefits of edible straws which are as follows:
These straws are eco-friendly and are not made from environmentally hazardous chemicals. They are basically formed from sea-weed and don’t contain chemicals in its formation or have harmful or any side effects.
These straws are compostable and biodegradable. They dissolve in the environment quickly as compared to any other material. In 60 days or less, an edible straw is completely biodegraded just like any other banana peel. Once used, you can even throw them up in your plants or garden and they will act as a powerful fertilizer.
You can eat them after finishing your drink as they come in different flavors. They will not affect the taste of your original drink and can remain there as it is for 24 hours.
You can store edible straws for 2 years.
Edible straws contain zero calories! Amazing news for those who are on diet or have diabetes. It means that you can enjoy a pretty good flavor without even consuming sugar!
You can enjoy different flavors of edible straws to enhance the taste of your drink. These flavors are vanilla, chocolate, caramel, citrus, and many others are still in line!
You can also enjoy a no flavor edible straw which tastes nothing and is still edible!
If you don't want to eat them, simply dump them in the dustbin and they will degrade themselves.
They are marine-friendly and hence not toxic to marine life. Even if they engulf them, there is no side effect of these straws.
More and more manufacturers are taking interest in its production and the founders are raising funds on Kickstarter for this product. They believe that edible straws are going to be extremely affordable just like normal plastic straws.
Buy Edible Straws If you want to avail this opportunity of playing your role in the green environment, you must have these edible straws at your home. Your kids will love having drinks in them and even eating it all like a candy afterward. Imagine a candy without sugar! To buy these edible straws you can contact us and book an order.
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