OCT 14, 2018 5:02 PM PDT

Counteracting Plastic Straws by Using Plant Fibers

WRITTEN BY: Nouran Amin

According to the United Nations, ocean plastics kill an estimated 100,000 marine mammals annually—and straws are much to blame. Already, the state of California along with the big coffee chain Starbucks are gearing towards banning straws in the near future. Now, a Taiwanese startup is hoping to counteract plastic straw usage by using plants!

More specifically, the Taiwanese developers have made straws using plant fibers. So, when these “plant straws” reach the oceans by accident—the algae eating marine species will be able to eat and digest the fibers. Thus, these plant straws will help reduce ocean pollution and protect the marine mammals.

About the Author
  • Nouran earned her BS and MS in Biology at IUPUI and currently shares her love of science by teaching. She enjoys writing on various topics as well including science & medicine, global health, and conservation biology. She hopes through her writing she can make science more engaging and communicable to the general public.
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