By. Ran

A fine meal of Italian pasta is one of the most amazing things in the world. If you have never tasted Italian pasta, we think that you should remedy it and taste some Italian goodness. Pasta comes in all shapes and sizes, and one in particular, the bucatini pasta, comes in a tubular shape. And this is making an eco-wave, reducing the use of plastic straws.

A picture posted on Reddit depicts pasta straws being used as straws in some bars in Italy, in an initiative to reduce single-use plastic waste. The post has generated just under 77 upvotes this far.

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The UK company Stroodles, taking it a step further, already sells pasta straws. Apparently, they last up to an hour in a cool drink. And there is more, they can be composted after use. Founder of the company Maxim Glemann explains that “Stroodles is not just a straw company and there is a much bigger picture, as I feel I can leave a long-term impact by creating a ripple effect by triggering many small changes all across the world, especially among people that are less conscious of sustainability and their respective actions and behaviors,” 

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“Thus, Stroodles is rather a movement and an educational company and a gateway to more sustainable behaviors and thinking and the straw is just our first channel (of communication) in our mission to fight plastic waste,” Gelmann explained. “We thereby want to attract and reach the less (environmentally) conscious people and show them, how easy it is to make sustainable changes and have them enter their life.”

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“The approach is to do this in a fun and non-preachy, non-finger-pointing manner. I rather aim for people to engage with a Stroodle and then themselves start asking themselves the right questions, like ‘Why is there a pasta straw in my drink?’ Thus, little realizations like that and them coming to their own conclusions, rather than being sold/preached. [It’s] much more powerful in creating behavioral and mindsets change. And … maybe next time one is offered a plastic bag, they will behave differently.”

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Stroodles last one hour in cold drinks; they last even longer in colder drinks and can be used with multiple refills.

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“We dare you on how long you can Stroodle. As for hot drinks, it is not recommended in general to drink hot drinks through a straw, due to risk of burning oneself, but then again, when used as a stirrer, ie. for coffee and for a few seconds, that’s totally fine. And, in any case, I had kids drink hot chocolate through Stroodles, and they loved it when they got bendy afterward.”

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