Straws made of wild grass can be Nepal’s new option to curb plastic problem

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Plastic ban has always been not effective. Enforcing a ban on plastic bags with thickness below 40 microns in the Kathmandu city has always been a challenge.

To address the the effect of booming problem of plastic and polythene waste in the city that is already polluted, government decided to ban the use of plastic bags below 40 microns some years ago but that ban doesnt seem effective. We can still see use of many plastic bags in the market.

To address to plastic problem, many countries have initiated to ban or limit its use. Narendra Modi declared in 2018 that India would remove out all single-use plastic by 2022, which is an ambitious plan for the world’s second most populated country. According to National Geographic, China, the world’s most populous nation, also triggered to curb its plastic pollution when it stopped buying plastic waste from the rest of the world. Closing the door to other nations upended the global recycling market.

In order to curb the plastic pollution, one that must go are plastic straws. Many people use it in daily basis for various purposes. In order to replace them, there is an idea. We can learn from a young Vietnamese entrepreneur who recently released a straw made of wild grass.  And it is becoming huge success and everybody are just loving it.

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According to Intelligent living, The young Vietnamese man’s name is Tran Minh Tien, who is the owner of Ống Hút Cỏ., a company that makes two kinds of straws out of sedge grass. He developed the innovative idea of using a species of grass called Lepironia Articulata, locally known as co bang, which grows around the Mekong Delta region in southwestern Vietnam, through his desire to do something to curb plastic problem.

Both kinds of grass straws are edible and chewing them after meals can actually help clean your teeth and gums, according to Ống Hút Cỏ. They are also compostable, free of chemicals and preservatives, and are affordable.

Nepal too can make similar straws in order to curb the plastic problem. Banning it always may not be effective but suitable options to replace it can be more effective.

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