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Eco-Friendly Straws: All You Need to Know

by James Flint on September 04, 2020

As harmful as plastic is, its use is exploding every passing year. As this keeps on, our home planet is moving further and further toward irreversible damage. But on the plus side, people are growing more concerned and making simple and smart changes to their purchasing practices and lifestyle.

Restaurant owners and coffee shops are receiving an increasing number of requests to switch to an eco-friendly alternative to plastic straws.

That’s not all, in response to the public outcry, strict actions are being taken. Plastic straws bans are speeding across the globe. People are looking for smarter alternatives. We have done some research and brought you some information about eco-friendly straws.

The particular dangers of Plastic Straws

Every year, 255 million plastic straws are used in South Australia alone. Among plastic products, straws are one of the most widely used. So naturally, they are disposed at a tremendous rate.

And here’s the biggest threat: plastic straws are not biodegradable.

It is highly likely that most of the straws end up in water channels. In fact, most of them will break down into small plastic particles. It is very easy to mistake them for food particles that lead animals and fish to swallow them. Millions of marine lives die every year due to plastic pollution.  Not only that, but they also release harmful chemicals into soil, water, and of course, air, harming the environment at large.

This is precisely the reason why finding an alternative to plastic straws is so important. Here’s why plastic straws are harmful:

  • A threat to marine life: Plastic straws being extremely lightweight and portable have no trouble finding their way from trash cans to sewerage to water channels to the ocean. This puts marine life to threat, killing millions every year.
  • Higher energy consumption: Production of plastic straws involves a significant amount of non-renewable energy and fossil fuels. This stands in the way of sustainability.
  • Litter: Plastic straws are not easily degradable, but people litter the beaches, and streets increasing the garbage problem.

With such alarming threats imposed by plastic straws, manufacturers around the world began looking for healthier alternatives. And thankfully, they have come up with a number of eco-friendly straws.

Eco-friendly straws: Popular Alternatives

Changing habits does not come so easily. But our planet is clearly showing us signals implying that we need to change our old ways. Here are some eco-friendly alternatives to plastic straws that you may consider shifting to. 

Paper Straws

Paper straws have grown much popular over the years, especially in regions where using plastic straws are banned. Being biodegradable, they are a wonderful alternative to plastic straws. However, people who like long drinks should take note that plastic straws will become saggy within a few minutes,  and might sometimes add an unpleasant taste to your drinks.

Bamboo

Reusable, biodegradable and, durable, bamboo straws are produced from byproducts of bamboo, which makes them 100% biodegradable and highly sustainable. You can serve both hot and cold beverages with this kind of straws. Bamboo straws are growing more popular with time, and we think it’s a great step forward. However, you need to remember to change your straws within a few days of use. It’s not healthy to use one for an extensive period of time, no matter how much you wash and clean them.

Glass Straws

Glass straws are not only eco-friendly, but they are also super fancy and can complement gorgeous dinner sets. You can use them at parties as well as serve them at restaurants. Although they are relatively breakable, you can opt for reinforced glass straws to gain more assurance. And the best part is, you can recycle them, and reduce plastic waste.

Wheat Straws

Manufactured from 100% natural material, wheat straws are extremely eco-friendly and fairly cheaper to produce. They are made from bi-products of wheat stems, which would otherwise be thrown away as waste. As a result, in the making of wheat straws, a lot of natural resources are being saved, therefore saving the cost in turn.

It is important to remember that wheat straws are single-use items, and you will need to get rid of them after use. But that doesn’t harm the environment, unlike plastic straws, as they are absolutely biodegradable.

Metal Straws

Metal straws are one of our favourite alternatives to plastic straws, and I think a lot of conscious citizens will agree to the benefits it offers. To begin with, metal straws are extremely durable, imposing no health hazard even if used long term. As a result, you can reuse them for dozens of times without having to worry. Moreover, they do not add any foul taste to your drinks, which is a godsend! So if you are willing to try out an incredible and efficient alternative to plastic straws, then we suggest you try out a metal straw.

Check out this exceptional reusable straw set. It consists of 2 standard straws, 1 bent, and 1 boba straw - all packed within a beautiful drawstring pouch.

Silicone Straws

For people who are not fond of glass or metal straw, there is another alternative to plastic: silicone straws. Needless to say, silicone straws are more a lot sustainable than plastic straws. Although they might be better than one-time plastic straws, silicone straws pose some health risks.

Conclusion

We realise that converting to an eco-friendly lifestyle may prove difficult, but it is the outcry of our home planet. We hope that you have learned some valuable information on eco-friendly straws, and will practise using them now onward. It is our responsibility to make the world a better place to live for ourselves as well as the generations to come.

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