A Ugandan social enterprise Ouroots has collaborated with female farmers to cultivate a native grass called Luseke. After harvesting, the company will turn them into reusable, compostable, and biodegradable grass-based sustainable straws for daily use.
Instead of eliminating fast-growing Luseke, Ouroots find it beneficial to create 100 per cent natural straws that can be used many times. People can compost them if they are no longer needed.
Starting from hand-picking Luseke, the staff use a steaming technique to clean and disinfect the grass. After being sun-dried, the straws will be packaged for distribution. The company guarantees that there are no chemicals used in the production process.
With the goal of developing its product line and expanding its distribution network, Ouroots will work with more than 1000 women farmers to meet the increasing demand for plastic-free food, health, and beauty items.
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