Straws without plastic!

A straw in a glass

The last straw!

We know it, we re­peat it: “Plas­tic is a plague for the plan­et!” Straws are an ex­am­ple of a dis­pos­able man­u­fac­tured prod­uct that has in­vad­ed our so­ci­ety. You prob­a­bly know that if you have chil­dren who for the most part love to use straws.

You will find many videos il­lus­trat­ing the pol­lu­tion caused by straws, and this one is quite well made, be­cause it al­so tells the sto­ry of straws. How did we end up mak­ing plas­tic straws?

By a strange dis­so­ci­a­tion of mean­ing, the word straw has over time ac­quired a new mean­ing. Ini­tial­ly re­fer­ring to a grass stem stripped of its grain, it has al­so be­come the tube used to to sip a drink.

The dis­so­ci­a­tion of the two sens­es is such that my chil­dren have had a kind of epiphany when re­al­iz­ing that the straws were called “s­traw” be­cause we used straws as straw in the past (is that clear?).

In short, with this in mind, we went to ex­plore our en­vi­ron­ment to see what we could find for re­plac­ing the plas­tic straws. At the foot of the vine­yards in the neigh­borood, we find this:

A straw in its natural environment

Straws on the loose.

Once picked, del­i­cate­ly cut at the ends with a prun­ing shear and stripped of their brown out­er en­velopes, it gives you that kind of har­vest:

The harvest of the day

The har­vest of the day.

Our straw harvest in a glass

The har­vest of the day, clos­er look.

In dai­ly use, the “grassy taste” men­tioned in the video is not no­tice­able (at least for cold liq­uid­s), and these nat­u­ral and re­us­able straws have re­placed plas­tic one at home. Af­ter use, we rinse them and let them dry. They are com­post­ed when they are bro­ken or too dam­aged for suc­tion to be ef­fec­tive.

Ready for winter.

Ready for win­ter.

A straw in a glass

A straw, a glass….


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