A new reusable straw corrects a key design flaw found in most reusable straws currently on the market. The straw, called One Bubble Straw, has a seam running from top to bottom that can be opened for easy cleaning.
Once you’ve cleaned it using a standard sponge—or even just a paper towel—it rolls back into place.
The straw is from Green One Lab, a sustainable product design and development incubator out of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
The Lab has launched a Kickstarter for the straw, and plans to ship in October.
The straw has a few added bonuses for bubble tea drinkers. It’s extra wide to fit those boba pearls, has a beveled edge so that it can puncture plastic,
and is sturdier than similar silicone straws that bend when you try to punch through a plastic seal.
The straw is, unfortunately, made from plastic. But it’s foodsafe and 100% recyclable—and that’s after you wear it out, which could take a while. It can be opened for cleaning at least 1,000 times. It’s also dishwasher safe.