Decorative glass straws eliminate plastic waste

Posted on 18 December 2019

British designer Benjamin Hubert of the design agency LAYER has collaborated with a leading American design magazine Surface on a collection of reusable glass straws. The straws don’t only offer an alternative to environmentally problematic disposable plastic straws, but also function as an attractive table centre piece.

The problem with plastic

Each year, billions of single-use plastic straws are disposed of around the world – and many of these end up on our beaches and in our oceans. As plastic straws become a dining taboo and cities move to ban their use, it’s clear that a reusable alternative is needed.

Glass is reusable, recyclable, biodegradable and hypoallergenic, making it an ideal material to create a new kind of straw. It is easily cleaned and, unlike many metal straws, has no discernible impact on the taste of the drink. The use of glass also enables sculptural forms and the use of appealing colours, enhancing the visual drinking experience.

Surface Straws are made from 100% recycled borosilicate glass, which is highly durable and more resistant to thermal shock than any other kind of glass. This quality makes it ideal for straws, which may be used for either hot or iced drinks.

Crafting impact

Surface Straws are available as a collection of three straws in complementary colours displayed within a glass bell jar with a recycled rubber base. Each straw varies in height and diameter – making the set suitable for different kinds of drinks, from cocktails to bubble tea – and can be used for both hot and cold drinks.

When stored, the undulating glass stems interweave to create an almost sculptural display – much like a small vase of flowers decorates a table. The elegant shapes take inspiration from nature and the organic forms of branches, reflecting its sustainable concept.

‘Surface Straws is a set of sustainable statement straws, designed to be proudly displayed as a centrepiece. The glass straws are reusable and durable, responding to environmental concerns around the use of disposable plastic straws, and they are very visually engaging to encourage continued, regular use,’ said Hubert.

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