Be it a roadside vendor selling tender coconuts or a fine dining restaurant serving a beautifully garnished mocktail, in India, plastic straws still continue to be an inevitable part of our everyday life. While some pinpoint lack of awareness as the main reason, most sellers would cite the absence of a viable alternative to a plastic straw. It must be mentioned here that every year, 8.3 billion plastic straws pollute the world’s beaches, as revealed by a study by researchers from University of California.
Efforts For Good interacted with a few small-scale traders who still copiously provide plastic straw to their buyers and all of them had a similar query – “If not plastic straw, then what?”
While a handful of organisations have started manufacturing reusable metal straws or biodegradable bamboo straws, the high price and limited availability remain the bane.
While India might still struggle with the menace of plastic straws, one of the highest contributors to plastic pollution, Vietnam seems to have chanced upon a rather permanent solution.
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