可以吃的「米吸管」 亞洲各國搶進減塑商機 | Eat your rice straws after finishing your drink?

越南業者HungHau Foods也推出可食用的米吸管 | Vietnam-based HungHau Hoods also launched edible rise straws (HungHau Foods website)
越南業者HungHau Foods也推出可食用的米吸管 | Vietnam-based HungHau Hoods also launched edible rise straws (HungHau Foods website)

【看英文中國郵報學英文】馬來西亞媒體The Star報導,上週五在馬來西亞檳城舉辦的2019年國際綠色論壇及會議中,大馬業者Ricestraw向全世界推出了由稻米及木薯粉製作而成的可食環保吸管,引起熱論。

Made from rice and tapioca, the environmental-friendly straws are edible but tasteless, said Ricestraws IT director Anddrew Loh on Penang International Green Conference & Exhibition (PIGCE) 2019 held in Malaysia on Sept. 27.

環保材質新選擇:員工在檳城國際綠色論壇及會議中展示「米吸管」 | Eco-friendly choice: An employee showing the rice straws that were introduced and used at the Penang International Green Conference Exhibition. (The Star/ANN)
環保材質新選擇:員工在檳城國際綠色論壇及會議中展示「米吸管」 | Eco-friendly choice: An employee showing the rice straws that were introduced and used at the Penang International Green Conference Exhibition. (The Star/ANN)

業者表示,米吸管可以在浸泡在熱飲中長達2至5小時,冷飲更可以維持10小時,下半部因為浸泡在飲料裡吃起來有點黏糊,但是上半部分是酥脆的口感,就像在吃薯片。另外,業者強調米吸管沒有任何添加物,可以在90天內百分之百分解,甚至可以回收成動物飼料或肥料。

“The straws can last for two to five hours in hot water and about five to 10 hours in cold water,” Log said. “The bottom part when immersed in drinks will taste a bit starchy while the upper section will be crispy like chips.” 

Loh added, “The straws, made from natural ingredients, do not contain any additives and will decompose completely in 90 days and can also be turned into animal feed or fertiliser.”

業者進一步表示,製作米吸管是幫助生態循環,因為他們利用的是人類不吃的碎米去製作吸管。業者更指出使用紙吸管並不完全環保,因為製作紙吸管代表要砍伐更多樹木。

Furthermore, the Malaysian company stressed that by producing rice straws, the company has helped to complete the ecosystem cycle. “We use broken rice which people hardly eaten,” Log said. “When we use paper straws, we are actually cutting down more trees.”

世界趨勢在淘汰一次性使用塑膠吸管,在這波環保浪潮裡,米吸管成為眾多亞洲業者爭相開發的產品。據The Hindu報導,南韓業者Yeonjigonji在政府開始實施限塑政策後,在去年研發推出百分之30木薯粉其他百分之70穀米製作成的可食米吸管。而The Epoch Times報導,越南業者HungHau Foods也在這兩年推出類似的米吸管產品。

Asian merchandisers are competing to produce eco-friendly commodities in reflecting this worldwide trend of ditching plastic straws. Malaysia is not the first one who uses rice to make straws. With 30 percent of tapioca and 70 percent of rice, The Hindu reported that company Yeonjigonji from South Korea started to market the edible straws last year after the government imposing relevant policies to reduce plastic use. Vietnam-based HungHau Foods also has had similar products in these two years, The Epoch Times reported.

By The Star (ANN) and Carol Kan