Paper or plastic? Try pasta.
When McDonald’s removed plastic straws from its restaurants, they started a revolution and one Italian bar came up with their own solution: giving customers pasta straws for their drinks.
User u/GranFabio posted to Reddit a snap of their beverage with the caption: “Here in Italy bars are starting to use pasta as straws to reduce plastic use. Our technology amazes the world another time.”
But you may be shocked to know that pasta straws have been around for a while, with a few place in the UK testing them out.
You can order these groundbreaking pasta straws from Stroodles — a company who specializes in straws made from wheat and water that are 100 percent vegan as well as biodegradable.
In addition, they can last up to one hour but only for cold drinks.
Did we mention they are completely tasteless and can be composted once your finished?
A spokesman for Stroodles told Metro:
“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. 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 introduced pasta straws in 2018 in an effort to cut down on plastic.
The owners with BBC how customers’ reactions have been very positive — as the straws do not affect the drinks’ taste at all.
Ocean plastics campaigner at Greenpeace UK, Elena Polisano, revealed to The Sun last year:
“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.”
The future could be found in these past straws but it should be noted that certain types are better than other — with Bucatini as the best or Stroodles.
Maxim Gelmann, Stroodles founder, revealed to Metro:
“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 behaviour, one Stroodle at a time.”