A microproject by Association Polarquest Vetted since 2017 Top Ranked Staff Favorite


BioStraws4Planet aims to create a production line of biodegradable alternatives to plastic, starting from bamboo straws. This will be done via jobs' creation for disables in the island of Rodrigues, where one of the 5gyres or plastic islands floats in the heart of the Indian Ocean.

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Society has made us dependent on items produced to last forever, but designed to be disposable. The most tangible symbol of our 'throw away' culture is a PLASTIC STRAW we only use for few secs, but never degrades. An estimated 7.5 mln plastic straws are currently polluting US shorelines, and anywhere up to 8.3 bln plastic straws around the world. BioStraw4Planet aims to establish the sustainable production of biodegradable alternatives to plastic straws, starting with a bamboo straw.


We all love to sip on our favourite beverages using a straw. Be it a smoothie or a soft drink or a cold coffee! And yet, it is not an eco-friendly nor healthy practise: Colorants, plasticizers, antioxidants and UV filters added Impossible to recycle, entering the drainage/river streams to end in the fish we eat. Biostraw4planet will allow you to enjoy a drink without damage to yourself and the environment. It will create straws that are reusable, antibacterial and help reduce waste!

Long-Term Impact

There will be an increasing demand on biodegradable and organic solutions in the next future. Several countries have already enforced the single-use plastic ban, and the European Parliament has recently voted for a complete ban on a range of single-use plastics across the union in a bid to stop pollution of the oceans, included straws by 2021. It is estimated that 20 bln plastic straws will be replaced by organic biodegradable alternatives by 2030. But this figure can go well beyond...


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Association Polarquest

Location: Meyrin, Geneva - Switzerland
Project Leader:
Paola Catapano
Meyrin, Switzerland
$508 raised of $5,000 goal
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39 days left
$4,492 to go
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