What can replace plastic straws, replace plastic straws with some common things in life.
There is a vegetarian restaurant in Bangkok where guests can choose plastic straws, natural straws or no straws when ordering cold-pressed juice.
If you choose natural straws, they will put a section of green convolvulus stalks in your cup. This plant is very common all over the world. There are more than 1,000 different varieties. They use the local aquatic water spinach-it is delicious when fried and fried. Its stem is very hard and the inside is hollow. It is very suitable for making straws. .
“We discussed at the time whether it was possible to use straws, and then one of our employees suggested to try water spinach stems, which are not only the right thickness and flexibility, but also the cost is very low.” The restaurant’s chief financial officer said. They trim and clean water spinach stalks every day and prepare them to be used as straws. After a long time, the restaurant has also found a pattern. Each water spinach stalk can be stored for about three days. “The water spinach stalk straw has almost no taste-even if it has a little taste, it goes well with our juice.”
They tried paper straws, but it was not very durable, and it quickly decomposed when inserted in juice. “It may be an acidic problem.” Glass straws and aluminum straws are more expensive. Bars also need to consider the cost. “Another big issue is hygiene. They must be cleaned thoroughly, otherwise bacteria will grow.”
The financial officer said, “Thai customers are actually a little unaccustomed, but we think it is worth it. We hope to call on colleagues in the bar industry in Thailand and neighboring countries to work together to reduce plastic waste and contribute to the protection of the environment. “