CityNews Vancouver: Testing biodegradable straws in B.C.

A Vancouver-based company has found a unique solution to keep straws from disintegrating in your drink.

Straws N’ Stuff’s solution to soggy paper straws is straws made from reeds. The company’s CEO says these straws can be reused up to 10 times.

While this product might seem new to Canada, Artan Buzulan says these straws are quite common in Europe and China.

“It’s not harmful. It’s just a piece of grass. It’s not even (harmful) if somebody’s going to eat this; this is biodegradable inside of the stomach of some creature,” he explained.

Buzulan says, like paper straws, reed straws do break, but instead of crumbling mid-sip, it degrades in three months. The plant is also an invasive species that contribute to wildfires.

“There’s basically no footprint. By cutting this before it’s getting into fire, we actually reduce the CO2 footprint or even make this negative. If we cut the field and it’s not going to burn this year, we reduce the CO2.”

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