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'Staramaki' - Kilkis to revive an ancient idea to replace plastic straws

A new idea with an ancient pedigree, dating back thousands of years to prehistoric Mesopotamia, has been repurposed by an innovative group of volunteers in northern Greek city of Kilkis, as they searched for a way to phase out plastic straws. The 'staramaki' is a portmanteau word combining the Greek 'kalamaki' (straw) with the Greek word for wheat (stari) - which also happens to be the main product in Kilkis - was used thousands of years ago by the Mesopotamians to drink their beer, as a way to avoid drinking the sediment.

  • Published in Greece
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