An article by Clare Goldsberry on the renaissance of paper straws inspired Rod Groleau, founder and Director of RJG Inc. (Traverse City, MI), to remind everyone that “the plastic straw is a marvel of our technology.”
Brazilian resin supplier Braskem has introduced an ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) copolymer derived from sugarcane. The first application of the material is in flip-flop footwear developed by San Francisco-based Allbirds, which has attracted investment from Leonardo DiCaprio.
While vacationing in Maui, I ordered a Lahaina Lemonade drink that came with a red-and-white paper straw. Here's the problem: Even when drinking pink lemonade laced with vodka, you could kind of taste the paper.
This reportedly represents the first time that a car chassis and all its bodywork have been made from natural and bio-based materials; no metal or traditional plastics were used for the structural parts of the car.