By : Khadija Azhar
While I’m painfully aware of how my copious intake of iced tea contributes to the nine million tons of plastic waste that hits our oceans annually, I’ve found it difficult to make the switch to reusable straws. After vigorously cleaning glass straws with pipe cleaners only to find mold lurking within, the convenience of a disposable straw seems irreplaceable.
An Asia Design Prize 2018 winner, the Icicle Straw is marketed as the be-all-end-all solution to this issue, and instantly roped me in with its claim of being “The World’s Cleanest Drinking Straw.”
The brainchild of Hong Kong-based design company MIIM, it has a unique, splittable design which sidesteps the need for pipe cleaners; you simply push the extrusions on the side to open it and then snap it back after cleaning.
It comes nestled in snazzy polygonal packaging, certainly looking the part of a pioneer in a ‘new generation’ of drinking straws. Not only is it BPA-free, but it’s also 100% recyclable for when you eventually do have to throw it away for a replacement after a few years.
Moreover, it’s made of translucent or solid tritan, which offers reassuring visibility, and is dishwasher safe. You can also rest assured that the opening is wide enough for your favorite smoothies and protein shakes.
The Icicle Straw is a must-have for anyone who loves the planet and appreciates convenience. It’s currently available for pre-ordering on their website. –KA
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