How can we design a new straw that can be recycled / or even better / repurposed and reused for something else so that we don’t discard it and it doesn't’t become waste in the first place.
Idea / Solution:
the solution comprises of 3 components.. a product, a brand name, and a campaign:
Make straws out of silicon instead of plastic. Silicon is recyclable. Also, re-design the straw so that it is straight with no curves and has a firm form. This way, after it is used, it can serve as a handle for a pen.. Or a handle for a paint brush.. The straw is repurposed into a writing or drawing tool. Refer to attached image for an illustration of the idea.
Re/Straw: Use and Reuse
Plastic straws used today are super cheap, that’s why businesses provide them for free and customers expect it to be that way. But the whole business model needs to be re-imagined if we are to use straws in a more responsible fashion. This requires that a campaign is designed to draw people’s attention to the situation with plastic straws and how much they are impacting our environment. This needs to be done to pave the way for either businesses to offer more environmentally-friendly straws (e.g. silicon straw) for an extra charge, or for customers to bring their own straws: Bring Your Own Straw (BYOS)