Caring for the environment has certainly become a hot button issue in recent years. Perhaps one of the more often referred to issues in that regard is the use of plastic straws. Paper straws seem to be a popular alternative but they usually end up soggy before you are finished your drink.
Thanks to La Couleur Monochrome, a startup founded by Stanislav Poliakof, the world of alternative straws may be changing. They are trying to raise $27,747 via their Kickstarter campaign to make their grass straws a reality.
This isn’t just any grass, it is hollow-stemmed grass that is grown and harvested by hand in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam. After being cut into 20 cm sections and disinfected through boiling, it is ready to use for all of your hot or cold drinks. The best part? The straw will decompose in only 15 days.
With a contribution of only $6 made by January 31, you will get 100 straws in return, packaged in a reusable zip-up bag. Want more straws? Make a bigger donation!
For those who decide to pledge a minimum of $6,660, you get to go to Saigon, Vietnam on an all-expense-paid trip. You can see the manufacturing process of these unique straws in the Mekong Delta. In addition, you will get a year’s supply of grass straws.
You have your choice of either a dried package of straws, which may last up to one year if stored at room temperature or fresh straws, that you can keep refrigerator for as long as six weeks. The startup reports that both of the straws are suitable for either cold or hot drinks but if you use the fresh straws, it gives “a slight scent of fresh-cut grass without changing the drink’s taste.”
Poliakof was born in the former Soviet Union and now lives in Vietnam. He was traveling the world with his girlfriend when he discovered the plastic straw alternative.
At this time, he can produce up to 1 million straws per month but he is hoping to produce as many as 10 million straws per month by July 2020. In July and moving forward, he hopes to send out monthly orders for a more sustainable shipping program.
“The costs per straw are pretty reasonable,” Poliakof writes on Kickstarter. “We want to offer the world an affordable alternative, while paying our workers a fair salary, harvesting only sustainable amounts of grass while maintaining high hygiene and quality standards.”
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