The European Union plans to reduce the use of disposable plastic products from July 3 this year, hoping to reduce plastic pollution in the ocean. There are companies in Estonia who are brainstorming and use common reeds in the area to make straws and automatically screen them. Suitable for making straws, and these reed straws are more durable than paper straws.
The harvested reeds are bundled into bunches and sent to the factory for processing. The company uses AI artificial intelligence to learn the production line, screens out the parts that can be used for each reed, and then polishes and cuts them one by one. The environmentally friendly reed straws were completed in this way. Reed straws company marketing manager Patti Boga said: "A lot of reeds have grown on the island of Saarema. This is a sustainable resource. This means that no matter how many reeds we cut, they will grow again next year. "
Saaremaa is the largest island in Estonia. The island is covered with reeds and has become the best material for making environmentally friendly straws. Reed straws company marketing manager Patti Boga said: "Reed straws are very beautiful, and each reed is unique. It’s like snowflakes.” The European Union will begin on July 3 this year to reduce the use of disposable plastic products, such as plastic straws, plastic cups, and so on. On the island of Saarema, more than one company makes reed straws. They are all busy expanding. Production capacity, keeping up with this wave of plastic reduction, compared to the paper straws used to replace plastic straws on the market, reed straws are more durable.
Li Mu, the founder of the Reed Straw Company, said: "We use the tail end of the reed to make it reusable. This part usually grows harder in water. You can put it in the dishwasher and use it for at least 50 times. I have used my straws for 2 years.” The industry said that the hard part of the reed can be reused dozens of times when made into a straw. Even the more fragile part can be used all night.
Oceanographer Moeller said: "In the Baltic Sea, we also found that plastic pollution has increased." Like many countries, plastic pollution on the coast of Estonia is getting more and more serious. Natural reed straws are more expensive than plastic straws. But the damage to the earth is much less than that of plastic straws.