We all know what plastic does to the environment and by far it has been the most deadliest invention of mankind which in real acts like a slow poison and plastic straws are an addition to it. Plastic Straws are one of the top-ten items causing water pollution around the globe.
Almost all of us use plastic straws as there are no other options which a customer can choose from when he or she visits a restaurant. Though many of the eateries and cafe’s have started using paper straws, but that is also not the best of the options to go for. So what are the best options which we can use to replace plastic straws….Well here are a few
Do not use one– Though this is not an alternative but then why do we even need straws. And yes you can’t avoid it totally at times but then cutting down on them can bring in a huge change.
Steel straws– Though a little expensive, these steel straws are worth as you can reuse them again and again.
Bamboo straws– Now things like these come directly from the mother nature. They are reusable and biodegradable.
Papaya Stalk– Yes you heard it right, papaya stalk straws. Now nothing can be better than this, and we wonder why nobody is thinking on these lines. Few months back internet was full of stories about a vendor in Tamil Nadu who sells coconut water. The twist was that instead of offering plastic straws the drinks were accompanied by papaya stalk straws, that too grown and taken from his own garden. This story came to limelight when a Madurai based organic farming enthusiast Thangam Pandian shared a photograph with a tender coconut seller, who has started using papaya stalk after the plastic ban.
Speaking to the ‘News Minute’ the man shared, “He (the tender coconut seller) had collected them from his own farm, and these are available in plenty in papaya farms usually. This is the stalk that bears the fruit and the leaves. And farmers usually keep trimming the leaves, so there’s plenty of stem available. It is interesting that he has made use of them.”
And incase if you feel inspired to make your own, then this video can be really helpful in doing so….
Image reference- Facebook/Thangam Pandian, trippy travelers, aliexpress,