The extensive campaigns highlighting the dire consequences of using plastic finally seems to be making some change. A cafe in the Phillippines has started using biodegradable straws made out of coconut leaves. A cafe owner from Siargao Island in the Philippines started the trend aimed to replace all plastic straws with eco-friendly 'lukay' straws. Eliminate Single-Use Plastics! Boat Made of Plastic Collected From Kenyan Beaches Sets Out on Voyage to Spread Message.
While it is just a ripple in the ocean, the fact that people have started adopting environment-friendly methods is in itself a victory. Sarah Tiu, manager of Cafe Editha in Dapa, Surigao del Norte, told Inquirer that she decided to use lukay drinking straws after touring Corregidor island in Siargao. Tiu said, "We bought fresh buko and they just cut lukay, then made it into straws. So we asked them to teach us [because] we were very impressed with the idea. We tried using stainless straws and paper straws, but our customers didn't like using it." Eventually, she found out that coconut leaves can be used as straws.
Check out the pictures of straws made of coconut leaves:
The amount of industrial, domestic, and commercial waste being released into the environment on a daily basis has choked up the planet already. Only adopting biodegradable measures can improve the situation even a little. More than eight million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year and most of it is one-time use items. There is an urgent need to replace plastic things with nature-friendly items.