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Water spinach stem becomes eco-friendly straw in Bangkok

Public awareness rises in one of the world's largest producers of plastic waste

These straws are 10 times more expensive than plastic ones. They are also edible.

BANGKOK -- Plastic straws, a must accompaniment to bottled drinks sold at convenience stores, are part of everyday life in Thailand. However, a whale that died in June after swallowing 80 plastic bags has raised public awareness of plastic waste and sparked a move away from the material.

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