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  • Lukay straws are easy to make and decomposable. (Cafe Editha Facebook page)
A cafe owner in the Philippines is using decomposable straws made of coconut leaves as an alternative to single-use plastic straws.
Roda Masinag

30 Apr 2019 - 2:23 PM  UPDATED 11 Jun 2019 - 9:50 AM

Sarah Tiu, manager of Café Editha in Siargao Island in the Philippines decided to use ‘lukay’ drinking straws in an effort to reduce plastic waste in her restaurant.

Lukay is a local term for coconut or palm leaves.

The cafe owner said she was impressed with the idea of how coconut leaves were made into drinking straws during a family trip to Corregidor Island.

“We bought fresh buko (coconut) and they just cut lukay, then made it into straws. So we asked them to teach us [how to make them],” Ms Tiu told

Ms Tiu tries to eliminate as much plastic in her restaurant as she can. She said they have tried eco-friendly alternatives such as paper straws and steel straws but the customers did not like them.  

After mastering how to make her versions of the lukay straws, the 37-year-old manager has started using them in her restaurant.

With the help of her niece and nephew, they made a video demonstrating how to make lukay straws. Her aim is to raise awareness about eliminating plastic wastes and to promote creative ways to care for the environment.

She said each straw takes less than a couple of minutes to make and her café crew makes them every morning before they open.