The mounting plastic crisis is being met with the reactive waves of worldwide bans on single-use plastic bags and straws in many countries especially at supermarkets and food establishments. Every year there are eight million tons of plastic dumped into the ocean, with straws making up four percent of plastic trash. Plastic trash is harmful to aquatic animals and the United Nations (UN) estimates that by 2050, there could be more plastic than fish in our oceans.
By 2025, the projected share of global mismanaged plastic waste puts the ASEAN region as the leading culprit, with Indonesia contributing to at least 10 percent of the global total.
This projection can be avoided since the ASEAN region is now more aware of the plastic crisis. Malaysia has issued a permanent ban on the import of plastic waste, while Vietnam and Thailand have banned the issuance of licences for the import of plastic waste. Just recently the Philippines sent back tonnes of plastic waste back to Canada.
The straw ban
While the damage plastic straws do to marine life and the environment is devastating, the use of plastic straws should not be entirely banned. There are many people who depend on straws for a variety of reasons, leaving them the option of using alternatives like reusable or biodegradable straw.
Yet for some, the plastic straw ban is more than just an inconvenience. At hospitals, patients who cannot consume liquids use plastic straws as a drinking tube. The invention of straws allows people with disabilities the freedom of doing things by themselves. Unfortunate for them, there are still no viable alternatives that work for people with disabilities. The main concern of eco-friendly straws is their inability to bend and be positioned like plastic straws.
Plastic straws are still essential for people with a wide range of disabilities. Able-bodied people on the other hand do not have a valid excuse not to use reusable straws. A replacement is necessary and many have stepped up to provide options for this growing demand. Currently straws can be made of metal, bamboo, glass, silicone, acrylic, paper and even pasta.
Sustainable materials have long been used to make straws but a recent ingenious solution from a company is making waves. The straws from that company are made from wild grass.
What is grass straws?
Grass straw ( Vietnamese – Ong Hut Co Bang )made from Lepirona plant or sedge grass. They are usually long and have a hollow stem. Before they are turned into straws, they are first washed thoroughly and then cut into 20cm tubes. After that, the insides of the “hollow tubes of grass” are cleaned using a metal rod.
There are 2 types of products that is fresh and dried. The difference between both is the durability. Fresh straw can last 2 weeks, but Dried straws can last 1 year +.
The straws are left out in the sun for two to three days, and then baked in an dried machine. This dries out the straws, and extends their shelf life to about 1 year at room temperature. At the moment, the straws are mostly only being sold in Vietnam, but Ong hut co Ogreen Viet Nam is experimenting with selling the dry straws to other countries.
Fresh Grass Straws
Where is grass straw produced?
The straws produced in Long An that is 20km from Ho Chi Minh, Viet Nam. Farmers have 100 years experiences in rising those grass in Viet Nam. And another information that is Viet Nam is the best country expertise in growing sedge grass.
Dried Grass Straws
There are some reasons sedge grass become the most suitable biodegradable straw such as long, thick, beautiful, available the whole year. It is not depended on seasons.
Which companies in Viet Nam selling grass straws?
There are some companies that producing this kind of straws in Viet Nam, but the most expertise company is ong hut co Ogreen Viet Nam. Based on the quality, experience, investment, good support. ong hut co Ogreen become the best candidate in grass straw market.
How is the potential of this product? This product has huge market when the world reducing the effect of plastic. Finding materials that can substitute plastic is not an easy job. And grass straw is one of rare materials that can satisfy the urgent need of the world. – ống hút cỏ
Product: Green grass straws
– Length of straw: 20 cm (or depending on the customer, not exceeding 30 cm).
– Size: inner diameter 4 – 6.5 mm
– Thickness: 0.5 – 0.8 mm
– Straw interior: the inner velvet surface is clean.
– Material: grass, naturally grown grass (1-2 years old).