Edible and compostable straws from Loliware look to cut down on plastic waste

Another weapon in the fight against plastic waste, Lolistraw is an edible and compostable straw. Plastic straws are considered a top contributor to the increased amount of plastic waste we see now in oceans. In the U.S., an estimated 500 million straws are used per day. As a result, a non-profit recently ran a Strawless September campaign in Seattle, and some shops, bars and restaurants are turning to more sustainable options.

Lolistraw is made out of a seaweed-based material that can be colored and flavored. It feels like plastic, lasts up to 24 hours in a beverage, biodegrades within 60 days and contains no calories should you choose to eat it. Loliware, the company behind the product, is currently raising funds on Kickstarter.

“You can imagine drinking your cold-brewed coffee with a vanilla straw or a caramel straw,” Chelsea Briganti, co-founder, told Fast Company. “We think that will really increase this movement around plastic-free, because we’re not telling the consumer, hey, you can’t have your straw. We’re providing them a solution to the plastic straw crisis while also giving them a fun experience on top of that. It’s not about the consumer sacrificing anymore, it’s about the consumer having fun and being sustainable at the same time.”

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Another weapon in the fight against plastic waste, Lolistraw is an edible and compostable straw. Plastic straws are considered a top contributor to the increased amount of plastic waste we see now in oceans. In the U.S., an estimated 500 million straws are used per day. As a result, a non-profit recently ran a Strawless September campaign in Seattle, and some shops, bars and restaurants are turning to more sustainable options.

Lolistraw is made out of a seaweed-based material that can be colored and flavored. It feels like plastic, lasts up to 24 hours in a beverage, biodegrades within 60 days and contains no calories should you choose to eat it. Loliware, the company behind the product, is currently raising funds on Kickstarter.