Glass straws of the Artesano Hot & Cold Beverages collection - Courtesy of Villeroy & Boch.

10 sustainable design straws. Glass straws of the Artesano Hot & Cold Beverages collection – Courtesy of Villeroy & Boch.

Design – Banned by the European Union and tackled by many governments worldwide, single-use and non-recyclable plastic straws are being replaced by biodegradable or multi-use alternatives; still, over 360 million of them pollute our seas. The creative industry is responding with unexpected design paths. Our Antonella Galimberti selected ten sustainable design straws striving for a better future. A sip at a time.

Madras silicon straws collection by Casashops - Courtesy of Casashops.

Madras silicone straws collection by Casashops – Courtesy of Casashops.

MoMA Design Store proposes a kaleidoscope-shaped stainless steel straw with a silicone mouthpiece. Inspired by the iconic Zippo, the design is easy-to-clean-and-reuse and comes in a fancy case available in different colours that can be flipped open like the iconic 1950s lighter.

Courtesy of MoMA Design Store

Courtesy of MoMA Design Store.

Italian cutlery company Sambonet presents Mix Play, a stainless steel straw in gold, steel and copper hues. The chic design is straight and bent for fancy and responsible cocktail parties.

Mix & Play Straws by Sambonet - Courtesy of Sambonet.

Mix & Play Straws by Sambonet – Courtesy of Sambonet.

From Vietnam with love. Ống hút cỏ is a special project by a group of sweet ladies from Đức Huệ, a rural district in the Vietnamese province of Long An. They realize 18 cm long straws from green blades of grass that are shipped worldwide and can be kept fresh in the fridge for up to 10 days.

Straws from green blades of grass - Courtesy of Ống hút cỏ.

Straws from green blades of grass – Courtesy of Ống hút cỏ.

The Artesano Hot & Cold Beverages collection by Villeroy & Boch features minimal and refined straws in borosilicate glass available in soft hues such as sage, antique pink, smoke and mustard. Available in a 5-piece set, they go in the dishwasher.

Glass straws of the Artesano Hot & Cold Beverages collection - Courtesy of Villeroy & Boch.

Glass straws of the Artesano Hot & Cold Beverages collection – Courtesy of Villeroy & Boch.

You might cook it for dinner if you don’t read the packaging. Stroodles is the first pasta straw collection teaching that sustainability can be easy and fun. Follow the instructions of Mr. Stroodles, a quirky character with a top hat, a bow tie and big eyes.

Stroodles pasta straws - Courtesy of Stroodels.

Stroodles pasta straws – Courtesy of Stroodls.

Mondoffice presents a collection of total-black straws with a rock attitude. The designs are made from PLA, a 100% biodegradable plant-based material. Antonella loves polka dots. That’s why she selected 24-piece sets of colourful paper straws by Tescoma.

Licorice-like straws by Mondoffice - Courtesy of Mondoffice.

Licorice-like straws by Mondoffice – Courtesy of Mondoffice.

The Golden Straw by Flying Tiger Copenhagen is made of FSC® certified paper and comes with white and gold stripes and a clock face to remind us that time is running out to save the planet.

Golden straws by Flying Tiger Copenhagen - Courtesy of Flying Tiger Copenhagen.

Golden straws by Flying Tiger Copenhagen – Courtesy of Flying Tiger Copenhagen.

CasashopsMadras collection includes 4-pieces sets of re-usable silicone straws available in orange, yellow, blue and pink. DMail proposes a silicon icicle mould with straws. The ice cubes come in the shape of pineapples—two products in one to pimp your cocktail.

Silicon icicle mould with straws - Courtesy of DMAIL.

Silicon icicle mould with straws – Courtesy of DMAIL.

FSC-certified paper straws by Tescoma - Courtesy of Tescoma.

FSC-certified paper straws by Tescoma – Courtesy of Tescoma.