As a society, we are now, more than ever before, trying to find ways in which to reduce our carbon footprint. For instance, we are constantly on the lookout for more sustainable alternatives to materials that harm our environment - materials such as plastic.Relive the moment Greta Thunberg criticised world leaders at a climate summit at the United Nations in New York?
In fact, a company, known as Stroodles, is selling pasta straws which are usable for up to an hour, tasteless, and can be left on the compost heap when the user is done with it.
A spokesman for Stroodles told Metro:
"You can use Stroodles and sleep guilt-free, as being a food product, they decompose overnight without any extra action, unlike paper straws, which take thirty to sixty days. As with any straw it is not recommended to drink hot beverages with it, as it might cause probable injury like tongue burn. Stroodles are recommended for use with cold drinks unless you want to make a noodle soup."
Stroodles are made of wheat and water, they're vegan and biodegradable, and pretty much only unsuitable for those who are gluten intolerant. And incredibly, bars in Italy have now started using these new environmentally friendly plastic alternatives.
Last year, Elena Polisano, ocean plastics campaigner at Greenpeace UK, told The Sun:
"There are some people who genuinely need straws to be able to drink independently. But for most people, they’re a bit daft and unnecessary. Pasta straws are a new one on us, but it’s brilliant to see the kinds of ideas people are coming up with to help stop the flow of plastic pollution into the environment. The best alternatives to plastic straws should be accessible for all, reduce waste and move us away from the throwaway culture we’ve become used to [sic]."