A new way to beat sin­gle-use plas­tic

Say ‘pasta la vista’ to plas­tic straws

BBC Good Food Magazine - - Update -

If you haven’t heard by now that plas­tic straws are bad news, then where have you been? The re­al­i­sa­tion that this kind of sin­gle-use plas­tic is detri­men­tal to the en­vi­ron­ment has even led to a govern­ment ban on plas­tic straws, which will come into force in April 2020. So, whether at home or in a restau­rant, pub or bar, we’re start­ing to see more eco-friendly al­ter­na­tives to plas­tic straws, from pa­per to metal, but here’s a new one that piqued our in­ter­est: pasta straws. Yes, straws made out of pasta, also known as ‘stroo­dles’ (stroo­dles.co.uk) are the lat­est to grace our glasses. It might sound a bizarre con­cept, but they re­ally do have their pros – they’re more durable than pa­per, last­ing for hours in drinks rather than min­utes, they are com­pletely biodegrad­able and even ed­i­ble (you could cook and eat them af­ter use if you wanted to) and they’re flavour­less when used in most drinks, although there was a very slight starchy flavour when we tried it with plain wa­ter. Founder Maxim Gel­mann, aka Mr Stroo­dle, sells his stroo­dles to var­i­ous bars. You can buy them on­line at ama­zon.co.uk.

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