Instead of Soggy Paper Straws, Try These Life-Changing Pasta Straws

Instead of Soggy Paper Straws, Try These Life-Changing Pasta Straws

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By now, you’ve probably heard how harmful plastic straws are for our oceans and environment. It’s estimated that in the U.S. alone, we use over 500 million plastic straws every day, and that translates to a lot of pollution and damaged marine life. Large corporations like McDonald’s and Starbucks have announced their plans to phase out plastic straws from their stores, and some cities like Seattle just banned them altogether. With so much necessary movement centered around protecting our planet, we thought we’d introduce you to our new favorite eco-friendly sipping invention: pasta straws!

 

What Are Pasta Straws?

Pasta straws are hearty, tubular straws that are literally made out — you guessed it — pasta! Made from the same semolina you slirp with tomato sauce, these 100% biodegradable, uncooked pasta drinking straws are an alternative to harmful plastic straws, and those paper straws that always seem to fall apart in a matter of minutes.

 

Do They Taste Like Pasta?

The major pasta straw brands claim that there’s no taste, and many reviewers appear to back that up. They are made from wheat and water (meaning they’re also vegan!), so ideally they should be so mild they won’t affect the taste of your beverage.

 

How Long Do Pasta Straws Last?

When used with cold beverages, they can maintain their shape and durability for up to an hour (according to popular brands). It’s not recommended to use these with hot beverages (but then again, do you really want to be drinking a hot drink with the force of a straw? Ouch).

Pasta Straw
image via www.pastastraws.org

 

Can You Eat Pasta Straws?

Of course — it’s pasta! You probably want to cook them first, though, unless you like crunchy pasta. No judgement….you do you!

 

Are Pasta Straws Gluten-Free?

Currently, pasta straws are not gluten-free, as they are made with wheat. Of course, when you’re using them as a straw (and not a crunchy treat to go along with your drink) you don’t actually eat the straw, but if you have a severe gluten intolerance it’s probably best to avoid it altogether.

Don’t worry, though! According to the Amazing Pasta Straw’s website, they’re working on bringing out a gluten-free option soon.

 

Where Can I Buy Pasta Straws?

There are several options for purchasing pasta drinking straws, even conveniently on Amazon! Now you can help the environment, one non-plastic straw at a time, with just a few clicks.

Chelsea Frank

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Chelsea Frank was born and bullied in Los Angeles, CA. When she's not performing stand up comedy or crying while doing squats, Chelsea writes about all things health, beauty, and travel. Her work has been featured in Shape, Uproxx, TripSavvy, The Daily Beast, Thrillist, and Reductress, among others. Fun fact: she's traveled to over 50 countries and has gotten sick in pretty much all of them! Follow her on Twitter.