Plastic pollution has become one of the most pressing environmental issues. Many of these products, such as plastic bags and food wrappers have a lifespan of mere minutes to hours, yet they may persist in the environment for hundreds of years. The high usage of plastic makes Indonesia as the second largest contributor to plastic waste in the world, from food wrappers to plastic straws.
According to Ocean Conservancy, disposable plastic straw waste is one of the 10 types of waste that are often found on the world’s beaches and oceans after plastic bags and other types of plastic waste. In Indonesia, according to the rough assumption data collected by the Divers Clean Action team, the use of disposable straws is estimated at 93,244,847 every day. This fact also lingers in the mind of Lepirona’s Founders as they concern about better product design that takes into account the life cycle of disposable plastic straw.
Lepirona straw made of wild grass growing in the swamp areas in Indonesia is an ecological and sustainable alternative to build a sustainable environment and help to maintain balance in nature. It will be fully decomposed on its own in natural condition. It does not soften and keep its shape and stiffness in both hot and cold drinks. It is ideal for water, carbonated drinks, juices and alcoholic beverages.
Lepirona articulata is harvested and processed naturally with no chemicals or preservatives, triple washed in salt water and dried in high temperature. It is suitable for warm or cold drinks because it retains its shape in both hot and cold liquid. Originally the diameter is about two to eight millimeters and the length may vary (customized) according to customer’s requirement.
In a fresh state with room temperature standards, this lepirona straw can last about one week and about two weeks if placed in the refrigerator. Whereas for dried lepirona straws that have been through the drying process in high temperature can last up to six months in the refrigerator.
Lepirona straw also responds to public demand as the awareness to protect the environment through environmentally friendly lifestyle and as an effort to have a social impact for marginalized women on its processing and distribution.
Our project aims at turning the community problem into income generating fortunes. We look at turning waste into eco-friendly products, hence creating jobs and saving environment. We equip unemployed mothers with skills that make them productive and generate income for family.