Edgemead High School’s Zoe Prinsloo made it to the TOP 20 of the Scooler competition for her “Save a Fishie” initiative.
“I sell 100% biodegradable and compostable straws!
I am a High School student and self-proclaimed environmental activist!
I am a Ranger with the Bothasig Guide Company, a volunteer at the Two Ocean’s Aquarium and co-founder of the Eco-club at my high school! I have also logged nearly 250 hours of community service over the last 2 and half years!!
My interest in straws began over 2 years ago when I started running regular beach cleanups while working towards my Protea award (the highest award in Guiding)!
I was shocked and horrified at the number of straws littering our beautiful beaches, amongst all the other discarded single-use plastic items!
When I saw the video of the sea turtle with a plastic straw deeply embedded in his nose, that was literally the LAST STRAW for me!! I was so upset by that video I made a vow then and there to never use a plastic straw again!!
This led me on a quest to find a cheap biodegradable straw, easily available to everyone! So no more excuses!!
I sell prepackaged straws, made from PLA, which looks and feels like plastic but are completely biodegradable and compostable! No more mushy paper straws, no more costly metal or glass straws, no more having to clean your straws in the restaurant! This is an environmental-friendly, cost-effective, easy alternative! Not everyone can afford a fancy straw…this product is aimed at the average person on the street who would like to do their part and not have it affect their pocket!” – Zoe Prinsloo