I'm wondering if grass (or something else) straw was ever used for making drinking straws before plastic ones were made.
My daughter loves having a straw in her drink but it irks me to have to throw a piece of plastic in the rubbish each time she gets one. I know there are paper ones on the market, but it would be neat to be able to make our own out of real straw if it was safe and effective.
Has anyone tried doing this? If so, is it as simple as just cutting a mature stalk of grass and drying it?
It's worth noting that there are glass straws for sale too if you look hard enough, but I imagine they would be difficult to clean, fragile, as well as being expensive.