Eat your rice straws after finishing your drink?

Eco-friendly choice: An employee showing the rice straws that were introduced and used at the Penang International Green Conference Exhibition. (The Star/ANN)
Eco-friendly choice: An employee showing the rice straws that were introduced and used at the Penang International Green Conference Exhibition. (The Star/ANN)

GEORGE TOWN (The Star/ANN)  — 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

“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.”

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.”