Anyone who has ever tried an Italian meal would surely love to try this. As you all know pasta comes in different shapes and even sizes the very special, ‘Bucatini Pata with its straw-like shape has become a popular substitute to the plastic straw making it eco-friendly and fun. This amazing pasta hack has garnered fame all over Italy.

A picture was posted on Reddit by user u/GranFabio, showing pasta used as straws in drinks at some bars in Italy, in an initiative to reduce single-use plastic waste. This very post generated just under 77 thousand upvotes thus far.

Here in Italy bars are starting to use pasta as straws to reduce plastic use. Our technology amazes the world another time. from europe

Image Credits: GranFabio

UK company, Stroodles already sell pasta straws that literally last up to an hour in a cold drink and they are tasteless and most importantly can be recycled afterward. Company founder Maxim Gelmann explains that “Stroodles is not just a straw company and there is a much bigger picture, as I feel I can leave a long-term impact by creating a ripple effect by triggering many small changes all across the world, especially among people that are less conscious of sustainability and their respective actions and behaviors.”

“Thus, Stroodles is rather a movement and an educational company and a gateway to more sustainable behaviors and thinking and the straw is just our first channel (of communication) in our mission to fight plastic waste,” Maxim continued. “We thereby want to attract and reach less (environmentally) conscious people and show them how easy it is to make sustainable changes and have them enter their life.”

“The approach is to do this in a fun and non-preachy, non-finger-pointing manner. I rather aim for people to engage with a Stroodle and then start asking themselves the right questions, like ‘Why is there a pasta straw in my drink?’ Thus, little realizations like that and them coming to their own conclusions, rather than being sold/preached. [It’s] much more powerful in creating behavioral and mindset changes. And… maybe next time one is offered a plastic bag, they will behave differently.”

“We dare you on how long you can Stroodle. As for hot drinks, it is not recommended in general to drink hot drinks through a straw, due to risk of burning oneself, but then again, when used as a stirrer, ie. for coffee and for a few seconds, that’s totally fine. And, in any case, I had kids drink hot chocolate through Stroodles, and they loved it when they got bendy afterward.” The Stroodles pasta straws last for an hour in cold drinks and it could even be used in multiple refills.

Image Credit: Stroodles


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