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Straws from the "mesmerizing" eagle grass young users: Turning weeds into ... money

( Update: 15/10/2019 )

 With the desire to change the habit of using plastic straws that both affect users' health and the environment, a group of friends in Long An has produced straws made from almond grass. nature.

Recently, at the Agricultural Start-up forum organized by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Ho Chi Minh City, the grass straw products of 3T store attracted a lot of people to visit and learn.

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A group of young people learn how to use a straw. Photo: Thuan Hai.

Tran Minh Tien, a representative of 3T shop, said that after a period of producing and trading recycled products in order to limit the waste that adversely affects the environment, Mr. Tien realized that the production of Using rattan and bamboo leaves makes it more effective to protect the environment and create a healthy lifestyle for consumers.

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Grass straws made from natural almond grass growing in the Mekong Delta. Photo: 3T store provided.

amniotic products straws, in the process of searching materials for processing straws for the fresh coconut, group of PhD was "experienced" many kinds of materials for intake ranging from plus spinach to bamboo straws ... but water spinach is quickly damaged, bamboo straws are too expensive, about 6,000 VND / item. Not to mention, water spinach sometimes infected with pesticide residues that the group could not control.

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The straws were introduced with the purpose of changing the habit of using many plastic straws that both affect health and harm the environment. Photo: Thuan Hai.

Meanwhile, the natural material source of almond grass which is quite popular in the Mekong Delta provinces is very suitable for making straws.

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The source of almond grass to make straws must be 1-2 years old. Products are manufactured manually, meticulously in each stage. Photo: 3T shop.

Regarding the production process, a representative of the group said that after collecting the grass pipes, he had to use tools to remove the compartments inside the pipes, then cut the sections to the appropriate size. Cutting the grass is very important because it is necessary to cut so that the pipe does not break, not crack ... Then, use specific tools to clean the inside.

Straws made by 3T shop and a group of women in Duc Hue district (Long An) crafted manually, with the length of 18 - 20cm, depending on the demand for each different product. Straws have an inner diameter of 4.5 - 6.5mm, a thickness of about 0.5 - 0.8 mm.

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Besides straws made from grass, the group also has products from bamboo straws with higher prices, longer use time. Photo: Thuan Hai.

The tip of the suction tube is cut straight and pointed at one end to easily plug into the suction bottle. Tube inside is cleaned. After use, the straws can be washed and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. If kept at room temperature, the straws can keep the durability for 5 days.

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Grass straws after being harvested, production will be delivered to customers within 24 hours.

At present, the retail price of grass smoking products ranges from 600 to 1,000 VND / pipe, depending on the type. According to Tien, the product, although new in the market, is quite popular with customers. However, due to manual production, the work is quite hard and the number is limited.