In an effort to cut down on ocean plastic, the European Union voted to ban single-use plastic items throughout the EU by 2021. This includes plastic straws, which take up around 4% of the world’s plastic pollution. People around the world are using alternatives to plastic such as bamboo, glass, and pasta straws. Some bars in Italy have already started serving their drinks with environmentally friendly pasta straws. Italy isn’t the only place to adopt the pasta straw though: a London-based company called Stroodles produces edible, biodegradable pasta straws made from wheat and water.