Ground, boiled, molded and dried. Thus, a unique disposable tableware is born from straw and starch. Theoretically, it can be "forgotten" after a picnic or buried in the ground, because it will not harm the environment. Students of the association for the interests of the Grodno Regional Center for Creativity of Children and Youth on the basis of the Svisloch secondary school create miracle plates and cups.
– At school, we often organize subbotniks-we clean up the territory, not only the school, but also in the agro-town itself, in recreation areas. We noticed that a lot of garbage is thrown out, so the teachers and I had an idea how to minimize waste. We decided to create such dishes that will decompose in nature within a few months, – said Karolina Burchik, a student of the Svisloch secondary school.
She prepares starch paste on an electric stove – an ecological glue that will bind and fix the main material. The raw materials are straw, hay and paper. Now they are working with straw, which was provided to the children by the local SEC "Svisloch". First, it is crushed with a homemade device, and then poured with paste, mixed and shaped into future plates.
– After forming, the product dries for two to three days, depending on the conditions. Then remove from the molds and trim the edges to make beautiful and smooth plates. After that, we carry out quartz treatment, that is, disinfection, – says Dmitry Syakh, a teacher of the association of interests.
In a good scenario, the guys can make 20 plates per hour. Of course, they still need to be brought to perfection. For example, while the dishes can only be used for dry and bulk products. Now the teacher and the children are working on the moisture resistance of the dishes and their aesthetic appearance. The plan is to cover the plates with a material based on beeswax.
By the way, the Svisloch eco-court has already been celebrated in Minsk at the republican meeting of youth startups. Today, disposable plastic tableware disappears from the everyday life of cafes and restaurants, and in the near future, it may disappear from sale altogether. Improved and refined straw cookware can be a great alternative. This means that this ecological direction certainly has a lot to develop.