According to the news reporter, scientists now suspect that the enormous amounts of plastic trash, garbage, and other debris floating around in the ocean is at historic levels. To make things worse, our beautiful marine animals are mistaking this plastic for food.
Even more grotesque and gruesome, the news report continues, these majestic beasts of the ocean are gradually suffocating themselves to death by accidentally eating this plastic trash!
Since we had now lost our appetites completely, we put down the pasta and began discussing ways in which we might be able to do our part to help solve the problem. Since we couldn’t quit our jobs, jump on a plane, and fly to the UK to help out, we had to come up with another way to help.
Then, staring down at our plates of pasta, our gin-and-tonic, and two of those little, red stir sticks that come with every beverage – BOING! We had an idea. Edible straws (for drinks) would be our way to help. Begone, plastic straws!
We may not be able to “save the whales” single handedly, and we probably can’t stop all forms of plastic pollution. However, we could (and we did) come up with a better alternative to plastic straws and stir sticks – many of which are completely useless and automatically discarded by the customer as soon as the server delivers the beverage.