Plastic straws, invented in the 1960s, are a product that we use for a few minutes before tossing them away, ending up escaping into waterways. It is estimated that there may be more plastic in the ocean than fish in just three decades. Now designers are inspired by the anti-straw activism and come up with a straw as compostable as the original rye one hundred and fifty years ago. The straw is called Lolistraw with the following feature---When you’re done sipping your drink, you can eat the straw.
The straws are made from a new seaweed-based material that’s more like plastic, but can be made with a flavor or with added nutrients. “We are not telling the consumer that they can’t have their straw. We’re providing them a solution to the plastic straw crisis while also giving them a fun experience. It’s about having fun and being sustainable at the same time,” says Chelsea Briganti, one of the cofounders of Loliware. For those who don’t want to eat the straw, it can break down as easily as something like a banana peel, which dissolve if they happen to end up in the ocean.