Since attention to the plastic problem, one of the items that must go off, i.e., plastic straws, this is not as easy a job as it seems it could be. Many people trust on straws or support them for a kind of reason. Therefore, an eco-friendly alternative required to replace plastic straw has become a necessity.
Various ideas should come about in response to this growing demand. People all over the world have become up with unique, more sustainable materials to create straws from. One of those ingenious solutions comes from a young Vietnamese entrepreneur who recently released a straw built of wild grass. It has speedily become a huge success, and anyone who uses one, or discovers out about them, definitely loves them.
Grass Straw Vietnamese
The modern Vietnamese man’s name is Tran Minh Tien, and he is the owner of Ống Hút Cỏ., a company that executes two species of straws out of sedge grass. He came with an innovative idea of using a grass called Lepironia Articulata, nearby known as co bang, which grows nearby the Mekong Delta region in southwestern Vietnam. Within his desire to do something to help in the fight against plastic.
Died and Fresh Grass Straws
The sedge grass holds a hollow stem, so it is natural than straw shaped. The straws come in two variants, one being dried and another fresh. Tran describes in a video on Facebook by VnExpress International whereby the grass is turned into straws.
- The grass is raised, harvested (collected), washed, and cut into lengths measuring 20 centimeters (about 8 inches).
- Besides, an iron rod is used to clean the inner part of the straws.
- They are washed and soaked out one more time.
- If they are to be traded fresh, the process is done, and they bundle the fast to use straws, commonly used banana leaves.
- If they are to be sold dried, there is more further work to be done. They want to leave the straws under the sun for two to three days and then bake them in an oven.
This latest version can be stored for up to two weeks, refrigerated, and stored in airtight bags. If you require to make the fresh straws last even longer, the companies website suggests boiling the straws with some salt, letting them dry, and storing them in a cool, dry place.
Shelf Life of Grass Straw
The dried variant can be stored at room temperature for up to six months.
Both species of grass straws are edible, and chewing them following meals can improve cleaned your teeth and gums, said by Ống Hút Cỏ. It is too compostable, free of chemicals and preservatives, and are affordable.
All trade them in bundles of 100 with one dry straw costing 1,000 Vietnamese dongs ($0.043) and one new straw costing 600 Vietnamese dongs ($0.026). These grass straws are currently mainly available for sale in Vietnam.
Zero Waste Saigon is a different Vietnam-based company that sells grass straws made from the Mekong Delta’s wild grass. Their straws are from the other manufacturers than Ống Hút Cỏ.
It is excellent that options like these wild grass straws are now on the market.