Pasta Straws - All you need to know

Fri, Feb 26, 21

With Stroodles Pasta Straws you can say “Pasta La Vista” to soggy paper and plastic straws once and for all! If you’re like us and think that soggy paper straws are a complete abomination, it’s time to get stroodling! Made from only two natural ingredients - wheat and water, our simple pasta straw formula is 100% biodegradable, edible, lasts for over an hour in your drink, has no flavour and is zero-waste - the perfect alternative to harmful plastic straws!

At Stroodles we are not just another straw company, ‍we are a movement. ‍ We are here to help fight plastic waste and straws are just our first channel of choice. ‍ We want to inspire the world and show how easy it is to do good – with just one Stroodle at a time! Businesses all around the world are definitely beginning to feel the pressure from their consumers and investors to be more sustainable, and carry out business operations in a way that is as eco-friendly as possible. More and more businesses are joining the Stroodles Movement with us and are opting for our Stroodles Pasta Straws. If you’re interested in reading about a few of our stroodling customers in London, have a read of our blog here.

As pasta straws are a relatively new phenomenon, there are plenty of questions that we are always asked. We thought it would be useful to cover some of the commonly asked questions in this blog post, so keep on reading if you want to find out more.

Do pasta straws get soggy?

Unlike paper straws, Stroodles take a long time to get soggy! Stroodles last over 1 hour in COLD drinks under normal room temperature conditions, so this gives you more than enough time to enjoy your drink.

Please note that under direct sunlight exposure it might be slightly less with approx. 40min durability, but still always with more than enough time to get through your drink, before the biodegrading process kicks in - Stroodles are a natural product after all!

Are pasta straws edible?

Yes! Stroodles are simply pasta, so are made from only two natural ingredients - wheat and water. This makes our stroodles very much safe to eat. Whether you boil them and make a delicious pasta dish, or even snack on them raw, they’re 100% ok to consume!

What kind of pasta can you use as straws?

Bucatini or Ziti are the closest that one can come to a Stroodle from a shape perspective, as they are both also pasta tubes. However, what you will find is that Bucatini on average has a diameter of approx. 3mm and the actual drinking diameter (ie. minus the wall thickness) is probably around approx. 2.5mm. With Stroodles on the other hand the overall diameter is 7.5mm and the bore is 6.5mm thus allowing for a comfortable drinking experience, similar to that, the world is used to, from plastic straws.

A Stroodle thereby, while also being sturdier and with a better texture and finish than a bucatini, above all is of a similar and even wider diameter to a plastic straw and can thereby fully deliver on that so aspired uncompromising experience (to a plastic straw) on all fronts.

However, with the Bucatini being of a significantly smaller diameter, this, when used as a straw, seriously impacts the drinking experience, as especially on thicker drinks it requires more effort to drink them and the smaller diameter, causing to sometimes naturally drink faster, can also especially in the case of smoothies and extremely cold drinks cause so called “ice cream headache”! Therefore, it’s all about our Stroodles Pasta Straws!


Are plastic straws illegal?

We are SO happy to say that yes, plastic straws ARE illegal in the UK, and there is a new law banning single-use plastics coming into force across all EU member states by 2021.

The UK plastic straw ban came into place in October last year. The ban means that:

  • All catering establishments such as bars, restaurants, cafes and pubs won’t be able to display plastic straws, hand them out, or even offer them to customers. However, to protect the rights of people with medical conditions and disabilities, establishments will be able to provide them on a request only basis.
  • Shops and supermarkets will not be allowed to sell plastic straws. However, registered pharmacies will be permitted to sell them (over the counter or online).


We hope this blog post has answered your burning questions about pasta straws! If you have any other questions that we haven’t covered, please don’t hesitate to send us a message - we love hearing from you and are always happy to answer your questions!

Stroodles are the perfect way to jazz up your drink game, they can be easily cut to size, perfect for every cold beverage! They also last over an hour, are flavourless and are zero-waste (you can boil them to make pasta!) - what more could you want from a straw?! At Stroodles our entire mission as a brand is rooted in sustainability, creating eco-friendly alternatives to everyday items, starting with our pasta straws. We’re a part of a larger global effort to change the way we consume and use products, one Stroodle Straw at a time. Why not join our Stroodle Movement today!? Click here to get stroodling now, and say “pasta la vista” to soggy paper straws and ocean polluting plastic.

Kiki Barrow

Kiki Barrow

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