Rice straws a better alternative

PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF STRAWNG STRAWNG wanted to raise awareness on the Philippines’ plastic straw problem.

Each year, researchers estimate that eight to 12 million tons of plastic flow into the world’s oceans.

Straws are among the most widely reported plastic items found during beach clean-up efforts. Plastic straws take up to 200 years to decompose.

Eighty percent of trash that in the ocean is single-use plastic. Seabirds (70 percent) and turtles (30 percent) ingest some type of plastic from the ocean and some of them end up dying from it.

The Philippines is the third largest contributor to ocean plastic pollution. But 93.5 percent of consumers are willing to pay an extra P10 per day ($0.20) to help fight the plastic pandemic.

With support initiatives from Miss Universe Philippines 2019 Gazini Ganados, Miss Earth 2017 Karen Ibasco, actor Yam Concepcion, Reef Check Ph president Vanessa Vergara and WWF PH ambassador Rovilson Fernandez, the recent launch of the Strawnger Together Movement campaign yielded a donation of Strawng products and food to medical frontliners of the Valenzuela General Hospital.

PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF STRAWNG

STRAWNG wanted to raise awareness on the Philippines’ plastic straw problem.

Strawng started with a simple vision to replace single-use plastic straw with an earth-friendly alternative to raise awareness on the problem.

Amidst the pandemic, the Strawng Movement will continue to promote and embrace the idea that small contributions can become powerful steps towards cleaner and plastic-free seas.

Plastic, paper, metal, wood and glass are some of the straw alternatives currently available in the market, but each has its own pros and cons.

Straws have hygienic purposes. They reduce germ contamination and prevent infection from spreading. To benefit oral health, they act as a barrier from teeth-staining and cavity-causing sugars to the teeth enamel. People with high tooth sensitivity can also benefit from drinking through straws. Paralyzed and disabled individuals can drink without having difficulty. And sipping with a straw instead of drinking straight from the cup helps the elderly avoid spillage.

A great new alternative to existing straws is one made from rice, cassava starch and a dash of salt. The science behind the rice straw involves mixing, extruding, soft cooling, cutting, final drying and cooling.

Rice straw is 100-percent organic and contains no harmful chemicals. It does not come with recycling issues since it decomposes within 90 days after use and is biodegradable and compostable.

The straw doesn’t get soggy easily because it can keep its form and shape for three to four hours in cold drinks and 30 minutes to an hour in hot beverages without affecting the drink’s taste.

The ISO-certified and eco-friendly rice straw comes in original and natural color or in a six-color variety pack, at 100 pieces per box.

Credit belongs to : www.tribune.net.ph

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