Somehow, straws have become a litmus test for how politically conservative or progressive one is. Plastic straws? You’re a jerk who hates the environment. Some environmentally-conscious sippers are on the hunt for alternatives, including metal and silicone straws.
Straws are also apparently a hot marketing tool. The Trump/Pence officially licensed merchandise store marketed straws to followers with the following enticement: “Liberal paper straws don’t work. STAND WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP and buy your pack of recyclable straws today.” I didn’t think he cared about recycling, but there you go.
Now, another brave straw has entered the ring. Meet the pasta straw—which is actually just a long, tubular bucatini or perciatelli-type pasta. Some bars in Italy are already using pasta straws.
Yes, there are specific companies such as The Amazing Pasta Straw which markets specifically pasta straws, but you can just go grab a box at the grocery. My favorite find-everywhere brand is DeCecco, and you should trust me because I’m Italian-American and extensively educated about that sort of thing.
According to Maxim Gelman of Stroodles, a UK-based pasta straw startup, pasta straws are a good alternative to paper and compostable plastic straws because they have a smaller environmental impact and don’t require a ton of ingredients (most are only made from flour and water).
Unlike plastic straws, which can take an estimated 200 years to break down, pasta straws break down in as little as three months.
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Additionally, pasta straws won’t go limp in a cold beverage for “at least one hour.” However, they will be cooked in a hot beverage, so don’t do that. They can be cut to size but unfortunately cannot bend.
“From that perspective, anything that’s compostable is better, because even if it’s littered, it’ll do less harm in nature than its fossil-fuel derived alternatives,” Emily Bachman, a compost program manager for GrowNYC told HuffPost.
Honestly, what can’t pasta do? A miracle food!