Straws without plastic!

A straw in a glass

It costs a straw!

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:

A straw in its natural environment

Straws on the loose.

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:

The harvest of the day

The har­vest of the day.

Our straw harvest in a glass

The har­vest of the day, clo­ser look.

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.

Ready for winter.

Rea­dy for win­ter.

A straw in a glass

A straw, a glass….

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