Startups fight plastic waste with edible wares

Canadian Vending Staff
October 15, 2018
By Canadian Vending Staff
Loliware straws will biodegrade safely and quickly if not eaten.
Loliware straws will biodegrade safely and quickly if not eaten.
Competition for creating sustainable containers and cutlery to reduce plastic waste is heating up. Makers of the Loliware line of edible cups, announced their hyper-compostable, edible drinking straws, the Lolistraw.
Made from seaweed and sugar, the straw can be used in both hot and cold drinks and eaten after use. If discarded, the straw can biodegrade easily. Meanwhile, U.S. company, Squire Boone Village produces the similarly-named Lollistraws, edible drinking straws made of candy to use in soft drinks and cocktails.  

While Lollistraws are made expressly for sweet, cold drinks, Loliware co-founders Chelsea Briganti and Leigh Ann Tucker have created an edible alternative to single-use plastic stir sticks often used by food vendors. Stirring stick options come in two flavours, caramel and vanilla. The aim of their products is to reduce the 500 million plastic straws that are used daily in the U.S.A.

The two Loliware entrepreneurs have also appeared on American television show, “Shark Tank,” demonstrating edible cups for desserts and beverages. Flavoured containers range from Yuzu Citrus, Tart Cherry, Vanilla Bean, Matcha Green Tea, to those who prefer an unflavoured cup, Natural Clear.

Loliware boasts its products are “gluten-free, gelatin-free, BPA-free, non-GMO, all natural, non-toxic, safe, and FDA approved.” Designed to be eaten after use, both cups and straws can be eaten, or will biodegrade safely and quickly if discarded.

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