Edible and flavored straws best for the Environment

We use a plastic straw to sip water, juice or other liquid drinks. But this plastic straw proves very dangerous for the environment as plastic gets dissolved in the soil after sixty years. And if that goes to the sea or river it is again dangerous for the sea animals, especially fishes.  

In view of this, the edible straws were introduced and slowly it has also come out with numerous flavors. Have a sip of the desired drink and eat the straw also without any wastage of plastic or harm to the environment.

In an effort to reduce the mountains of plastic refuse we produce day after day, the EU Commission wants to regulate the use of throw-away plastic cutlery. Items such as drinking straws might seem negligible at first, but when you consider that 3.5 million straws are given out a day by McDonald’s in the UK alone, you grasp that even little changes in what single-use items we consume can make a real difference. According to figures released by consulting firm Eunomia, the UK consumes by far the most straws in the EU. Try your coke without a straw next time - it almost tastes the same! 

Just recently, several major companies banned plastic straws due to environmental concerns. But it’s difficult to eliminate straws if you don’t have something to replace them. That’s where Sorbos edible straws come in. Costa Rica is the first Latin American country to have the tasty utensils that were originally created in Spain to change the culture of excessive plastic consumption. 

Federico Guth, the distributor of Sorbos in Costa Rica presented about how the edible straws ended up here. In 2016, Guth’s daughter questioned him after he had used a plastic straw at a restaurant. “I kept thinking about what would happen if there were other options to not use so much plastic and be able to use straws.” 

In his search, he found Sorbos, a Spanish family-owned business founded by Víctor Manuel Sánchez, a young bartender who invented a kind of wafer made of cassava starch that worked perfectly in the cocktails he enjoyed. 

How many plastic straws do you use per day? A week? A month? These small tubes represent 4 percent of garbage worldwide. Each one takes years to decompose and, according to Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), at least 90 percent of marine species have consumed one. Perhaps now there is a suitable alternative. 

Although the flavors of Sorbos range from chocolate to lemon, its flavors do not contaminate your drink until after you start eating the straw. A Sorbos straw is made from gelatin, cassava starch, sugar and water. It is hard and, after being immersed in a drink, remains usable for about half an hour. If it is not eaten, it fully degrades in hours. The colder the drink, the better Sorbos works. 

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