These reusable ‘green’ straws from Andamans could replace plastic straws
Large bamboos might not come to mind when one thinks about drinking straws. However, one of the bamboo species Schizostachyum andamanicum, that grows in the Andamans in abundance, could very well be used as a green alternative to the plastic straws.
This species is characterized by a thin, large, hollow stem with long internodes.
Lal Ji Singh, scientist and head of the office at Botanical Survey of India’s Andaman and Nicobar Regional Center in Port Blair, said that in its natural form, the bamboo species could not be used as a straw.
But after observing the plant’s appearance and structure, he found that it was ideal to be turned into a drinking straw after some tweaks.
He says the bamboo straw from the plant is reusable. Even when it gets deteriorated, it is easily decomposed in the soil, hence very eco-friendly.