Carpe Diem Maldives, Loliware to bring the world’s first biodegradable and edible straw to the Maldives
Carpe Diem Maldives has partnered with Loliware to bring the world’s first biodegradable and edible straw to the Maldives. Designed to disappear, manufacturing begins this month to create the healthy and refreshing straw you can eat, according to Carpe Diem Maldives.
It’s widely claimed there are enough plastic straws to wrap around the Earth’s circumference 2.5 times each day. Because they are so small, most straws are not recycled and usually end up in landfills and waterways, where they linger indefinitely, harming wildlife, and marring the natural beauty.
Made to disappear and designed to have the same functionality expected of a plastic straw, Lolistraw will last for up to 8 hrs. in a beverage and will have a shelf life of up to 24 months. When you’re done sipping your drink, you can eat the straw or compost it.
The founders of LOLIWARE and the straw’s designers, Chelsea Briganti and Leigh Ann Tucker, have coined the term “hyper-compostable” to convey that all of their products, including Lolistraw, will break down at the same rate as food waste in compost or in the natural environment, such as a waterway.
The Maldives is surrounded 99% by ocean, straddles the equator and is home to some of the world’s most precious coral reefs and marine life. Considerations towards protecting the environment are a key influencer in all business decisions for Carpe Diem Maldives Pvt Ltd.
“In ten years of operating our dive safari cruises across The Maldives, we’re always looking for ways to reduce our waste footprint. For example, we’ve never had one-time use bottles on our boats, each guest receives a durable plastic water bottle that they take home with them,” explains Agnes van Linden, Assistant Managing Director of Carpe Diem Maldives Pvt Ltd.
“When we were looking last year for new sustainable solutions to bring to our upcoming resort, I came across the Lolistraw project on Kickstarter. The management team and I carefully researched all the information and we all knew it was a winner. We had to seize the day and the opportunity, like our company name, while at the same time supporting this great innovation get off the ground.”
Carpe Diem Maldives is just one of two main Lolistraw Launch Partners from the Kickstarter project, with close to 1000 other smaller donation supporters. The lime-flavoured Lolistraws will available in August on all three Carpe Diem Cruises offering seven and ten day dive safaris while staying on the luxury liveaboard vessels, as well as at the 115-pool villa Carpe Diem Beach Resort & Spa when it opens in September this year.