[USA] Plastic straws are increasingly becoming a thing of the past. Big companies continue to announce plans to eliminate plastic straws in coming years in favor of more eco-friendly options. Starbucks, for example, will switch to compostable straws and “sippy-cup” lids.
It’s a good time to be straw-savvy. Chelsea Briganti and Leigh Ann Tucker, co-founders of LOLIWARE, “the world’s first edible bioplastics company” are changing the way we think of eco-friendly straw use. LOLISTRAW is a “hypercompostable” and marine-degradable straw. Oh yeah, and you can eat it.
LOLISTRAW aims to replace the 500 million plastic straws used every day in the U.S., according to the product’s Indiegogo page. LOLIWARE has taken to the crowd-funding site, offering different packages for those who donate to the brand.
LOLISTRAW, according to the website, is 100% plastic-free, and made from LOLIWARE’s patent-pending, seaweed-based material technology. According to the brand, “Seaweed is a renewable resource that does not require land resources and actually absorbs CO2, which is why a seaweed-based product has an environmental advantage.”
The edible straws cannot be captured by recycling waste streams, and according to LOLIWARE, the straws actually create new value after they’re used in three ways: transforming into plant fuel through composting, machine fuel through anaerobic digestion, or of course, fuel for humans through eating.
In addition, the straws feel like plastic straws, but last up to 24 hours in a beverage with a shelf lie of up to 2 years, per the website. The Indiegogo page invites supporters to pre-order LOLISTRAWS. Those who pre-order $25 worth or more will get to vote on the first flavor of #thestrawofthefuture (that’s an epic hashtag)!
The flavor options listed are citrus, vanilla dust, rose quartz, heliotrope, sparkling ocean, carbon, and air. What does carbon taste like, might you ask? That particular flavor will be “activated with coconut charcoal for detox,” per the website, so honestly, I’m not entirely sure.
LOLIWARE states that all of its products, including the edible straws, are “hypercompostable”, meaning they will break down at the same rate as food waste. The brand hopes to replace plastic straws in high-waste venues, including stadiums, fast-casual restaurants, and coffee shops.
LOLIWARE posted a photo to Instagram at the end of June, and the seaweed behind the straws made an appearance.
An accompanying update on the Indiegogo page was posted August 9. “We are putting the final development touches on LOLISTRAW,” the post says. “We plan to launch LOLISTRAW in October, and are extrememly grateful for your ongoing support and patience. We know we’re a few weeks behind our intended ship date, but believe you’ll agree it was worth the wait once you reiceve your straws of the future!”
We’ve reached out to LOLIWARE to find out more about when the straws will launch, and will update as we hear back. In the meantime, you can check out the Indiegogo page and pre-order the straws for yourself.
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