The "No to Plastic Straws" movement has been in full gear ever since the footage of researchers removing a straw inside a turtle's nose went viral in 2017. People are encouraging others to not use plastic straws or instead use alternatives like paper and metal straws.
There is a seemingly never-ending debate on which alternative was a better choice and as the discussion rages on, Italian bars are also presenting a new option: pasta straws.
Reddit user u/GranFabio posted a photo of their drink with a pasta straw, saying that "our technology amazes the world another time." Many responses loved the idea and one user even wrote, "Italian engineering at its finest."
|Photo Credit: u/GranFabio via Reddit|
Although it seems innovative, pasta straws aren't a groundbreaking development as some would make it out to be. According to UNILAD, an internet media company based in Britain, a number of places in the UK are also trying the new straws out.
The straws can be ordered from a company called Stroodles, which specializes in producing straws made from wheat and water. These straws are 100 percent vegan, biodegradable, and can last up to an hour. They won't change the taste of the beverage either since the straws are tasteless and can be left on the compost heap once it's not used anymore.
|Photo Credit: @stroodles_straw via Twitter|
"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," Elena Polisano, ocean plastics campaigner at Greenpeace UK, told UK tabloid newspaper The Sun last year.
"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."
Reducing waste is just one of the many topics that have emerged since the rise of the discussion on climate change. As the world looks for ways to stop the planet from sinking in trash, alternatives like pasta straws are drawing new possibilities for innovation for a cleaner and greener world.