We know it, we repeat it: “Plastic is a plague for the planet!” Straws are an example of a disposable manufactured product that has invaded our society. You probably know that if you have children who for the most part love to use straws.
You will find many videos illustrating the pollution caused by straws, and this one is quite well made, because it also tells the story of straws. How did we end up making plastic straws?
By a strange dissociation of meaning, the word straw has over time acquired a new meaning. Initially referring to a grass stem stripped of its grain, it has also become the tube used to to sip a drink.
The dissociation of the two senses is such that my children have had a kind of epiphany when realizing that the straws were called “straw” because we used straws as straw in the past (is that clear?).
In short, with this in mind, we went to explore our environment to see what we could find for replacing the plastic straws. At the foot of the vineyards in the neighborood, we find this:
Once picked, delicately cut at the ends with a pruning shear and stripped of their brown outer envelopes, it gives you that kind of harvest:
In daily use, the “grassy taste” mentioned in the video is not noticeable (at least for cold liquids), and these natural and reusable straws have replaced plastic one at home. After use, we rinse them and let them dry. They are composted when they are broken or too damaged for suction to be effective.