The project aims at developing a bamboo straw production unit in Rodrigues Island (Indian Ocean) in partnership with the local NGO, Care-Co that works with people with disabilities. It includes multiple components: community empowerment to enable better management of the risk and opportunities arising from climate variability and change;establishment of a profitable business model, reproducible and scalable involving vulnerable categories of people with environmental and economic benefits for the local community and consumers against the proliferation of plastic; promotion of products that can simply be thrown back toMother Nature and the process of rebirth is taken care by natural ecosystem.
Only in Rodrigues island more than 200’000 plastic straws end up in the ocean every year linked to coconut water consumption.As many as 8.3 billion plastic straws pollute the world's beaches.
Bamboo is a self-regenerating natural resource, abundant on the island.Bamboo has a rapid growth rate and doesn’t require petrochemicals or artificial pesticides, making it both cost effective and toxin-free.Bamboo is a plant that consumes less water than any other plants. Bamboo absorbs carbon dioxide and releases 35% more oxygen into the atmosphere than an equivalent stand of hardwood trees.
It helps reverse the effects of deforestation and land degradation that has spread harm across Rodrigues island. These straws are made without use of any chemical (i.e. bleach), differently from the majority of those already existing in the market.