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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Casashops’ Madras 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.