How a Vietnam company's creation is combating the plastic straw crisis

As plastic straw bans grow, grass straws could become an alternative

Photo courtesy of, Tran Minh Tien.
Photo courtesy of, Tran Minh Tien.

Many people feel there is a plastic straw crisis going in the world right now, with cities and countries around the globe banning them because of the reported harmful effects on the environment.

In light of that, one entrepreneur in Vietnam has produced a solution that is becoming popular in that country, according to an article on

Tran Minh Tien has formed a company called Ong Hut Co. that makes straws out of sedge grass, which has a hollow stem and is naturally straw-shaped.

In an email, Tien said his product is more of a way to reduce the use of plastic straws, not completely replace them.

The straws come in two versions, one dried and another fresh. 

So how are they made?

There is a Facebook video detailing the process, which features cutting, cleaning and even a little baking.

When the straws are made fresh, the grass is cut into 8-inch-long pieces, and then the inner part is cleaned with an iron rod.

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