Plastic Straws Are Out—And This Is the Best Replacement We’ve Seen Yet
Bonus: They’re edible.
Across the globe, plastic straws are on the chopping block, with countries, cities, resorts, and more doing away with these tiny (but powerful) ocean pollutants.
As plastics become more obsolete, it seems replacements are becoming more creative. There’s the Italian joint serving up ziti noodles with drinks as well as dinner, the New York pub that delivers Twizzlers with cocktails, and the strips of natural bamboo available on Anthropologie that would look fan-tiki-tastic in a classic Mai Tai.
And while all these are great, there’s a new straw alternative that might just be perfect. Meet the Lolistraw, the world’s first edible, compostable, marine degradable straw aimed at replacing the 500 million plastic straws used every day in the U.S.
A product of Loliware, a company that first found notoriety with edible, biodegradable cups on ABC’s Shark Tank, Lolistraws launched with a successful Indiegogo campaign in 2017. Much like the cups, the straws are made of seaweed—but don’t expect the taste to be anything close to briny. Instead, these sippers are infused with flavors and even nutritional benefits. (Options currently on the table are “Vanilla Dust” and “Carbon,” a straw that’s activated with detoxing coconut charcoal.)
“Imagine a lemon straw with a blood orange lid and a grapefruit cup,” Loliware co-founder Chelsea Briganti told The Guardian in April. “Or a flavored vanilla straw for your iced latte.”
The straws, if you can stop yourself from eating them, are designed to last up to 24 hours and will break down at the same rate as food in the environment—and unlike plastics, the environment will happily eat these up.
All in favor of plastics being replaced with tasty edibles? Our hands are raised high.
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