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Straws Made Of Wild Grass Are Vietnam’s Newest Zero-Waste Option
Plastic is doing an irreparable damage to our planet. And it’s definitely not easy to fix that damage, or to just stop buying plastic products and switch to eco ones in a day.
People can stop buying certain products to lower their plastic usage but it’s the big companies and manufacturers that need to offer us an eco-friendly and healthier option than the plastic one.
Since this plastic problem is becoming bigger and bigger by the day, people are FINALLY becoming more and more aware of that issue and, whats more important, is that they are FINALLY doing something about it.. well, at least, some of them.
We’re here to tell you the latest eco news about this weeks winner, Vietnam!
Beautiful Vietnam made straws of wild grass! How wild is that??
A young Vietnamese man did his fair share for saving our planet from the plastic monster by making these biodegradable straws, which would only cost 2 cents each.
Tran Minh Tien, owner of Ong Hut Co., arrived at the innovative idea using a species of grass called Lepironia Articulata, locally known as co bang, which grows around the Mekong Delta region in southwestern Vietnam.
He makes both fresh and dried straws.
The grass is grown, harvested and washed. Tien and his team cut 8-inch pieces and use an iron rod to clean the hollow part. The straws are washed and rinsed again. That’s how these fresh straws are made. After that, he sells them wrapped in leaves of bananas.
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Now for the dried ones, it is a bit more difficult, but definitely not impossible!
The dried ones require more time and more effort. The grass is left under the sun for 2 to 3 days, and then it’s baked in the oven.
Fresh grass straws should be used within a couple of weeks, and they work best when stored in airtight bags in the fridge. You can boil the straws in salty water, and let them dry naturally. If you decide to do this, you should later store the straws in a dry and cool place.
Dried straws should be used within six months if kept at room temperature.
These straws are also edible, in case anyone was wondering.
Kudos to this man and to Vietnam. They are definitely being the change they wish to see in the world!