Avo go at this big idea!

Michael TraillAlbany Advertiser
Sigourney Smith with the new straws.
Camera IconSigourney Smith with the new straws. Credit: Laurie Benson

Change might not happen overnight, but The Alkaline Cafe is tackling the planet’s “serious plastic problem” one avocado straw at a time.

The Albany Cafe is understood to be the first in WA to import the plastic alternative from the world’s avocado powerhouse — Mexico.

Avocado pits are processed by the straw’s producer, Avoplast, which sources its resin to make the biodegradable straw’s polymers from waste left over by the local avocado industry.

The straws completely break down in 240 days.

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Owner of The Alkaline Cafe Joel Homewood first came across the product after reading an article on avocado seed molecules which companies were using to create bioplastic.

“A month ago we contacted Avoplast to use their straws,” he said.

“The straws are made of 60 per cent avocado seeds and 40 per cent biodegradable vegetable matter.

“They produce about 130 tonnes of products each month.

“Alkaline uses the Avoplast straws because of the biodegradable properties of the product and because we are so passionate about reducing wasteful and toxic single-use plastics.”

Mr Homewood said customers were baffled, shocked and then intrigued when told they were drinking from straws made out of avocados.

“There is a serious plastic problem our world is facing right now, and we strongly believe in spreading that message,” he said.

“We understand that this will not change overnight and will be a decade-long struggle, but we know it is possible to rid our dependence on non-renewable plastics. Our mindset is ‘what you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make’.”

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