Plastic drinking straws are among the top 10 items found during coastline cleanups. Scientists estimate there could be 8.3 billion plastic straws on the coastlines across the entire world.
This concern is the reason behind 100% Plants, a straw made from sugarcane plant fibers.
It is biodegradable and decomposes within six months once covered in soil.
Scientists in Taiwan founded 100% Plants as an alternative to plastic drinking straws.
“When we started to design this straw made from plant fibers,” Huang Chien-Chung tells Seeker, “it was because we had noticed the many problems of plastic waste and especially marine pollution.”
Because of their size and shape, sea animals mistake plastic drinking straws and other plastic trash for food leading to suffocation and death. About 71 percent of seabirds and 30 percent of turtles have been found with plastic in their stomachs.
“When those natural fibers reach the oceans by accident, the many species that live in the ocean and eat algae are able to eat and digest those fibers,” explains Huang Chien-Chung. “This is why the speed of decomposition of this straw is much faster than that of common plastic straws.”
In an effort to make the straw as green as possible, 100% Plants is now working with the National Taiwan Ocean University. The straws are being tested on their rates of decomposition if submerged in ocean water and in fish stomach acid.
In July 2019, Taiwan will impose a ban on single-use plastic.
The production of this straw has the perfect timing!
Plant straws for boba are coming.
Posted by Seeker on Thursday, 18 October 2018