Words by: Clariz Mendoza
Photos by: Krizia Joy Rivera
One hundred eight-one (181) million kilograms of plastic straws flow freely in the ocean every year. Can you even imagine how many that is? And to top it all off, it’s not just plastic straws that are polluting the planet. There are a ton of other kinds of trash out there.
We all know that plastics are bad for the environment, more so for our marine animal friends. Plastics can take up to thousands of years to decompose (if they do). They are just broken down into tiny pieces which sadly end up in the oceans. Marine animals, such as turtles, mistake them as planktons or jellyfish which are their food source. It will be hard for them to digest plastic, which causes organ failures and eventually, their demise.
Let’s be honest. Although many of us try to advocate for the environment, it can still be hard to live a life free from straws especially with milk teas and branded iced coffee poking in the picture. But what if I tell you that you can still use straws for your drinks without hurting the environment? Nope, I’m not talking about metal or bamboo straws. I’m talking about edible straws!
“Eat Your Straw” is the next step in living a sustainable life. They are completely plastic-free, so you will be able to drink with a straw without polluting our planet. These straws are made of rice and cassava, which make them absolutely biodegradable and compostable. Once you’re done with your drink, you can just pop the straw in your mouth and eat it. Zero-waste indeed!
Edible straws can last up to six hours in your cold drinks and four hours in hot ones. They also come in different colors. Straws come in colors red, yellow, brown, green, and white. You’ll be able to choose the color which matches your drink perfectly! And did I mention that they also have big straws for your boba? Sweet!
I personally love these edible straws. It shows that we can do things (even small ones!) in helping our environment. We won’t have to give up on our straw usage. It won’t harm the environment as well. It’s definitely a win-win for us and the planet!
Habilin Sustainable Solutions