Each day, approximately 600 million plastic straws are used and disposed of in Europe and the USA. These straws eventually end up in landfills and oceans, causing harm to the environment and wildlife.
In 2009, a designer from Berlin named Arman Emami pondered why reusable drinking straws were not more common. He soon realized that cleaning and bacterial buildup were significant challenges for such straws.
He began to brainstorm a solution that would make cleaning the inside of a straw easier, and he hit upon the idea of creating a straw that could be opened in the middle. Emami quickly sketched out his design on a napkin with a pen and left feeling satisfied.