Pasta Straws Are About To Be Your New Favorite Plastic Alternative

Just keep them away from any hot drinks...

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July 16, 2021
By: Hadiya Presswood

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For those of us who have patronized an environmentally conscious establishment recently, it’s likely that we have given paper straws a try in an effort to implement more sustainable practices. I’ll go ahead and say it: I hate paper straws. I love the concept, but the design leaves something to be desired. If your experience is anything like mine, the straw dissolves into a soggy, fibrous, slowly collapsing mess. It’s left me thinking, on several occasions, that there has to be a better way to save the environment.

Of course, there are stainless steel reusable straws, but who truly carries a straw with them at all times? We need a widely available sustainable option that can replace regular plastic and paper straws, for the sake of a better drinking experience. The environment will thank us too, probably.

Fortunately, pasta straws exist! They are exactly what they sound like: a raw noodle, made from flour, starch and other plant-based ingredients, that’s fashioned into a straw. They are designed for cold beverages — the heat from a hot beverage would start to soften them — and appear to be of standard diameter, meaning you’ll have to stick to plastic straws for boba or any other drinks with chunky ingredients in them.

Pasta straws have at least two options when it comes to disposability. They are biodegradable and break down outdoors, similar to other compost and natural material, and they are edible (you know, if eating uncooked pasta is your guilty pleasure!). As a bonus, this product comes in a variety of lengths and colors, enabling you to match the straws to restaurant decorations or party themes.

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