Bars In Italy Are Starting To Use Pasta Straws To Reduce Plastic Waste

    We hope that everyone who is reading this has had a genuine Italian pasta meal. If not, do try and remedy that ASAP! Pasta, ranging from Tortellini to Orzo and Fusilli to Pappardelle, comes in all shapes and sizes, and one type of pasta which is tubular in shape, Bucatini, is making its appearance as an eco-friendly substitute to plastic straws.

    Image credits: GranFabio

    Reddit user u/GranFabio posted an image which depicts pasta being used as straws in drinks in some bars in Italy, which was started to cut down on single-use plastic waste, and until now, this post has generated close to 77,000 upvotes.

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    Stroodles, a UK based company sells pasta straws which are said to last up to an hour in a cold drink, and are also tasteless and are compostable after use. Maxim Gelmann company founder of Stroodles goes on to explain: “Stroodles is not just a straw company and there is a much bigger picture, as I feel I can leave a long-term impact by creating a ripple effect by triggering many small changes all across the world, especially among people that are less conscious of sustainability and their respective actions and behaviors. Thus, Stroodles is rather a movement and an educational company and a gateway to more sustainable behaviors and thinking and the straw is just our first channel (of communication) in our mission to fight plastic waste,” Maxim continues to explain: “We thereby want to attract and reach the less (environmentally) conscious people and show them how easy it is to make sustainable changes and have them enter their life.”

    “The approach is to do this in a fun and non-preachy, non-finger-pointing manner. I rather aim for people to engage with a Stroodle and then start asking themselves the right questions, like ‘Why is there a pasta straw in my drink?’ Thus, little realizations like that and them coming to their own conclusions, rather than being sold/preached. [It’s] much more powerful in creating behavioral and mindset changes. And … maybe next time one is offered a plastic bag, they will behave differently.”

    Stroodles, which last longer than one hour in very cold drinks, and are said to be able to be used with multiple refills. Maxim Gelmann also goes on to say: “We dare you on how long you can Stroodle. As for hot drinks, it is not recommended in general to drink hot drinks through a straw, due to risk of burning oneself, but then again, when used as a stirrer, ie. for coffee and for a few seconds, that’s totally fine. And, in any case, I had kids drink hot chocolate through Stroodles, and they loved it when they got bendy afterward.”