Market swaps straws for noodles

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In Australia, stall holders at Malak Markets are distributing pasta straws as part of a local push to eliminate plastic straws that end up in the ocean.

The biodegradable alternative was designed by Federico Di Paola. “Semolina, spaghetti standard flour, and water—that’s all we use, and it’s the normal strength of pasta, if you don’t cook it stays straight and strong like that for quite a few minutes, at least 20, 25 minutes,” he tells NT News. “It’s very good to have something that you can honestly throw it on the ground, and it will dissolve with water, with the next rain, or animals can eat it, because it’s all completely natural.”

Di Paola is currently designing a sturdier, next-generation straw made from gluten-free pasta.