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No to single-use plastic: Pangilinan promotes edible rice straws

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Plastic straws may become a thing of the past with the advent of edible ones.

To help keep the oceans free of plastic straws, Senator Francis Pangilinan has called on the public to try using edible straws for their drinks.

“According to studies, 437 million to 8.3 billion plastic straws are on the entire world’s coastlines. Scared? You should be. That is why innovations that help reduce single-use plastics, like ‘EAT YOUR STRAW’ are truly laudable,” he wrote on Facebook.

He said the edible straws are made from rice flour and cassava starch “so they are 100% biodegradable, hyper-compostable and YES, EDIBLE!”

“These straws can be used up to 6 hours in your cold drinks, and 4 hours in your hot drinks,” said Pangilinan, author of Senate Bill No. 40 o Single-Use Plastics Regu­lation and Management Act of 2019.

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