Hazards of plastic waste are abundant and the world has realized it. Many developed countries have banned and campaigned against use of this menace which is degrading the environment. Pakistan has also taken a number of steps to reduce its usage, but most of the times it could not be successful in achieving its target.
In one such attempt, a Pakistani has made a straw using natural ingredients that could replace plastic straw. Suleman Shoukat in an interview said he had created the straw using wheat straw which, after being used, could be given to livestock as fodder. Even though these straws are slightly expensive but it is mucho needed to protect the environment.
Straw, dried yellow stems of the wheat crop, is a byproduct consisting of the dry stalks after the grains have been removed. This can be used as food for animals.
According to an estimate, the total plastic waste dumped around the globe in the sea contained four percent of plastic straws. It takes 400 years to plastic to decompose, so they continue to pollute our lands over centuries. While, the straws made from wheat stems are easily biodegradable.
Hence, multiple countries have banned plastic straws and introduced edible ones.
Suleman Shoukat said his team would get the stems processed after thoroughly cleansing them and then they were packaged to be supplied into the market. “It is completely natural and no foreign ingredient has been mixed with it,” he said.
Use of this straw may have great positive impact on the environment as it will help stop traditional burning of the wheat stems after the crop is harvested, which creates smog.
On August 1, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had announced to launch ‘Clean & Green Pakistan’ campaign on August 14 from Islamabad.
“The climate change is a real threat in the country and it is our responsibility to improve the environment,” Shah Mahmood Qureshi had said while addressing an event in Islamabad. He had said the foreign ministry would initiate the cleanliness and tree plantation campaign on the Independence Day, which would be followed suit by others.