The duo have so far raised $7k of their $30k target, which they have until January 10, 2018, to reach.
Feels like plastic
The straws are created from a seaweed-based material that looks and feels like plastic and can be made with a fruit flavor or added nutrients.
Briganti said when customers finish using the straw to drink with, they can either eat it or it decomposes.
“You can imagine drinking your cold-brewed coffee with a vanilla or caramel straw,” she said.
“We think the straw will create a buzz around the plastic-free debate because we’re not telling consumers to stop using straws. We are providing them with an alternative environment-friendly option while also giving them a fun experience.
“It’s not about the consumer sacrificing anymore, it’s about the consumer having fun and being sustainable at the same time.”
It is not the first time the industrial designers have launched an sustainable product: in 2015 they won funding to create biodegr(edible) cups.
Colors derived from fruit & vegetables
The plant-based cups, also made from seaweed are biodegradable and edible and are available in fruit-like flavors; Yuzu Citrus, Tart Cherry, Matcha Green Tea, Vanilla Bean, and an unflavored ‘natural clear’.
The cups are made from seaweed, organic sweeteners and flavors and colors derived from fruits and vegetables. Served at room temperature, chilled, or as frozen drinks and desserts.
Initially launching in the US, Briganti said Loliware’s goal is to replace the 500 million plastic straws that are used and discarded every day in the United States alone.
“Unlike another material often used for compostable utensils–PLA, which is often made from corn starch–it breaks down as easily as something like a banana peel, so it can be composted in a home system rather than requiring industrial composting equipment,” she added.
“If the seaweed-based straw happens to end up in the ocean, it will dissolve.
“There are some bioplastics that just break down into smaller pieces, whereas Lolistraw is designed to literally disappear.”
Lolistraw can last up to 24 hours in a beverage and has a shelf life of up to 24 months.
Briganti and Tucker are asking fans to vote online for their favorite flavor from a choice of; rose, mango, Yuzu, charcoal, Palo Santo, vanilla, or mystery.