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Bars In Italy Are Using Pasta Straws To Reduce Plastic Waste

Bars In Italy Are Using Pasta Straws To Reduce Plastic Waste

Italians are giving plastic straws the boot and are now using pasta straws.

Since the world is turning more eco-friendly in hopes of reducing the effects of climate change, people are coming up with innovative ways to make a change.

For instance, McDonald's has removed plastic straws from its restaurants and subbing in paper straws.

And the Italians seem to be one step ahead of everyone else.


Eco-friendly bars in Italy have stopped using paper and plastic straws. Instead, they have decided the best way to reduce plastic waste on our planet is to use a global delicacy. Pasta.

Taking to Reddit, user GranFabio recently shared a snap of their drink with a pasta straw, writing:

"Here in Italy, bars are starting to use pasta as straws to reduce plastic use. Our technology amazes the world another time."


GranFabio's post soon went viral, with many people loving the idea.

One person said:

"Italian engineering at its finest."

While another responded:

"Now you're speaking my linguine!"

Italy isn't the only place to start using pasta straws, though.

A London-based company called Stroodles produces edible, biodegradable pasta straws made from wheat and water. The straws are also 100 percent vegan!


These straws can also be easily resized to fit any drink, but don't use them in hot beverages.

bars in italy are using pasta straws to reduce plastic waste

If you're feeling inspired to cut down on single-use plastics, you can buy packs on Stroodles pasta straws online.

A box of 12 straws is available for around $4, while 100 straws will cost you about $16.

According to Stroodles spokesperson:

"You can use Stroodles and sleep guilt-free, as being a food product… They decompose overnight without any extra action, unlike paper straws, which take thirty to sixty days."


"As with any straw, it is not recommended to drink hot beverages with it, as it might cause probable injury like tongue burn."

"Stroodles are recommended for use with cold drinks unless you want to make a noodle soup."


In 2018, Brace & Browns in Bristol, UK, also introduced pasta straws in a bid to cut down on plastic.


Speaking about pasta straws, Elena Polisano, ocean plastics campaigner at Greenpeace UK, said:

"There are some people who genuinely need straws to be able to drink independently. But for most people, they are a bit daft and unnecessary."

"Pasta straws are a new one on us. But it's brilliant to see the kinds of ideas people are coming up with to help stop the flow of plastic pollution into the environment."


"The best alternatives to plastic straws should be accessible for all and help us reduce waste. It should also move us away from the throwaway culture we've become used to."

Pasta straws could be one of the best solutions to reducing plastic wastes in our environment.

Stroodles founder Maxim Gelmann explained:

"While we're a very logical and effortless solution to the plastic problem, Stroodles is not just a straw company."


"Our driving goal is to become a vehicle for change and we hope that Stroodles can act as an enabler, subtly inspiring people to question how they consume everyday items."

"We also hope these incremental changes will lead to a ripple effect and create a greater shift in behavior."

Gelmann added:

"We thereby want to attract and reach the less (environmentally) conscious people. We want to show them how easy it is to make sustainable changes and have them enter their life."


"But 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 then coming to their 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."


Pasta straws last about an hour in cold drinks, and the colder the drink, the longer you can use them.