How Pasta Can Save the Planet from Plastic Pollution

On the heels of a business trip to Las Vegas, I spontaneously decided to meet my husband, Sandy, in Los Angeles. He was there on business as well, and it was a long weekend, so the last-minute decision made a lot of sense.

I’d been to California before, but this was the first time I really took notice to all of their eco-friendly initiatives to reduce plastic pollution. With 840 miles of coastline, it’s no wonder California feels a responsibility to protect our environment and our oceans.

The environment happened to be very top-of-mind for me before even arriving in LA. On my flight there, I saw tweets about the most recent National Geographic cover that is being named as one of their best ever. I had to look twice, but it conveys a startling message about the impact of plastic on our planet.

I have a degree in advertising and have always had an appreciation for visual communications that tell a deeper story. This cover certainly does that — it is concise yet powerful. The illustration was done by Jorge Gamboa and is being hailed as “brilliant.” I couldn’t agree more.

While in California, we drove along the Pacific Coast Highway and stopped for lunch at restaurant called Paradise Cove, which overlooked the water. It didn’t take long for Sandy to order a Bloody Mary, and for me, a piña colada (we were on vacation, after all!).

But when our drinks arrived, we noticed they had not come with straws. I figured their omission was an effort to reduce plastic waste, but I imagined that the staff probably had some available upon request.

We kindly asked our waiter for two straws. He returned with two cylindrical items that resembled straws, but were yellowish in color and did not feel like plastic. Nevertheless, they functioned exactly like straws (our drinks did not last long!). What were these made of, exactly?

Sandy is not one to idle in wonderment for too long — he must find the answer to everything. Taking matters into his own hands, he boldly bit into the straw, only to confirm it was not plastic… it was PASTA!


As if I needed one more reason to love pasta. It seems like such a simple solution to a growing problem that I now know much more about.

According to, Americans use 500 million plastic straws daily, yet it takes 200 years for them to decompose. Plus, they can’t be recycled in most places.

To make matters worse, plastic is harming (and sometimes killing) animals. Surely you remember this viral video of a sea turtle with a plastic straw stuck in its nostril. It’s heartbreaking to watch, but it serves as a sobering reminder to the damage plastic is having on our environment and wildlife.

There are so many more things I, and countless others, could be doing to take care of our planet, and perhaps using pasta straws is just one of them.

I think there is such potential for Pasta Straw™️ to be one small thing that improves a global problem. They should be in every restaurant, not just at Paradise Cove where it was invented.

I’m not sure what it will take to increase the adoption of Pasta Straw, but maybe with your help, we can bring more awareness to this issue and shed light on this potential solution. It’s just flour and water!

Here are more startling statistics about plastic straws and our environment, from

To learn more about Paradise Cove and how they are paving the way to a better planet, watch this video below.