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Biodegradable straw is considered a solution to reduce the use of plastic straws that have a negative impact on the environment. Biodegradable straws can completely biodegrade after use, contributing to the protection of the environment and human health.

Why should you use Biodegradable Straws?

Plastic straws have caused serious harm to the environment, marine life, and people's health. If people continue to use plastic straws every day, we could not predict what will happen to our life. So, biodegradable straws were coming out with the purpose of becoming a sustainable alternative to plastic straws.

Some benefits of biodegradable straws:

  • Protecting the environment: Different from plastic straws, biodegradable straws will take a shorter time to decompose and will not release toxic chemicals into the environment.
  • Safety for marine life: Each year, a larger amount of marine life died due to ingesting plastic straws. To protect them, we should use biodegradable straws because these types of straws can be edible, and do not contain any harmful chemicals.
  • Safety for people’s health: Single-use plastic straws contain toxic chemicals such as bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates that can be harmful to people's health. Instead of using plastic straws, you can choose biodegradable drinking straws, because they do not contain any harmful chemicals and are safe for your health.

Types of Biodegradable Straws

There are a lot of types of biodegradable drinking straws which are made from various materials. Here are some kinds of common biodegradable straws:

Paper straws

The most popular type of biodegradable drinking straw is paper straw. Paper is material from renewable resources and degrades easily and quickly, however, paper straws will get soggy quickly.  

Bamboo straws

Bamboo straws are made from natural materials such as bamboo and reed. These types of straws can be reused several times if properly cleaned and stored to prevent mold growth or other harmful bacteria. You can safely dispose of bamboo straws in natural environments such as beaches, forests, or compost piles. Bamboo straws will naturally decompose over a certain period without releasing harmful compounds that could negatively impact the environment, unlike plastic straws.

Wheat straws

Wheat straws are made entirely of natural materials. They are manufactured from wheat stems. After harvesting the wheat plant, people will separate the stem from the grain. The stems are then cleaned, cut, and polished to create a smooth surface for drinking. Although wheat straws are designed to be used once, similar to plastic straws. But when you throw them away, they can decompose naturally and disappear in a few weeks.

Sugarcane straws

Sugarcane straws are single-use straws made from sugarcane fiber using a 100% plant-based, plastic-free technology from Taiwan. In addition to sugarcane fiber, other materials such as coffee grounds and bamboo fiber are added to create a sturdy and durable product. These straws are suitable for drinking beverages such as coffee, bottled drinks, fruit juices, and more.

PLA straws

PLA straws are made from PLA plastic, a type of thermoplastic made from materials such as cornstarch, potato starch, sugarcane, tapioca roots, and other plant-based sources. PLA straws have regenerative ingredients, so they can be used as an excellent fertilizer for plants after decomposition.

Glass straws

Glass straws are made from clear and colored borosilicate glass to make our glass straws. They are reusable many times and can be easily cleaned. They are a perfect option for those who are looking for a sustainable option that can be used for a long time.

Cornstarch straws

These straws are made from cornstarch and are fully biodegradable. They are a good option for those who are looking for an alternative to plastic straws that can break down easily.

The benefits of each type of biodegradable straw


Pros

Paper straw

  • Diverse colors and styles.
  • No odor.
  • Available in various sizes.

Bamboo straw


  • Diverse in many different sizes.
  • Straight, rigid, and durable.
  • Reuse instead of single-use and throw away.
  • Can be made into a gift set with a luxurious cloth bag.
  • Easy to carry anywhere for use.
  • Can be engraved on the straw as a brand, personal, or organizational mark.

Rice straw

  • Edible after use.
  • Available in various colors, like plastic straws.
  • Relatively long shelf life and can biodegrade within 3 months.

Grass straw

  • Easy to produce, without chemical treatment.
  • Naturally convenient.
  • Safe to use.
  • Low cost.

Sugarcane straws

  • Do not contain any reinforcing additives that accelerate degradation, or any harmful bleaching agents to human health.
  • Biodegradable in natural conditions
  • Durable in water.

Glass straws

  • Have low thermal expansion.
  • Suitable for acidic drinking water.
  • Easy to clean
  • Do not contain any harmful substances.

Coffee straws

  • Do not contain PP or BPA.
  • Ensures food safety and hygiene for consumers.
  • Do not contain any harmful degradation-enhancing additives such as Reverte, P-life, EPI, D2W, or OXO-Biodegradable.

Comparison chart between types of straws


Coffee 

Sugarcane

Rice

Grass

Plastic

Paper

Silicone

Metal

Glass

Bamboo

Price

$$

$$

$$

$$

$

$$

$$$$

$$$$

$$$$

$$$

Never soggy



Hot drinks



Cheware



 




Compostable


Varies





Biodegradable





Reusable

within a day

within a day


within a day






Duration in liquids

Infinite

Infinite

Up to 1 hour




Shelf life

12 months

12 months

18 months

18 months

Infinite

Infinite

Infinite

Infinite

Infinite

12 months

Guide to choosing a right straw size

Drinking straw length chart

Size

Types of cup

Cup capacities

6 Inches


Mugs, tea cups, wine glasses, kids, cups, cocktails, and short tumblers

4 to 8 ounces

8 Inches


Soda cans, standard bottles, medium tumblers, and mason jars

6 to 16 ounces

10 Inches

Collins glasses, highball glasses, and tall tumblers

8 to 24 ounces

Drinking straw diameter chart

Size

Suitable drinks

0.24 Inches

Coffee, cocktails, and teas

0.32 Inches

Juices, soft drinks, and waters

0.36 Inches

Smoothies and milkshakes

0.48 Inches

Bubble teas and thick desserts

Frequently Asked Question

What straw to use for boba?

A "boba straw" or "bubble tea straw" is used to drink milk tea with boba pearls. This type of straw is made wider than a typical drinking straw.

What straw is best for smoothies?

You can use reusable smoothie straws with a length is 8.5” long and a wider 0.36” diameter. Reusable smoothie straws work great for other beverages like powder shakes, superfood blends, or yogurt.

How long does it take a biodegradable straw to decompose?

The length of time it takes for a biodegradable straw to decompose will depend on several factors, such as the material it's made from, the environmental conditions, and the disposal method.

For example:

  • Paper straws can decompose anywhere from 2-6 weeks
  • Bamboo or cornstarch needs several months to a year to decompose.

What are compostable plastic straws?

Compostable plastic straws are made from PLA (corn-based plastic, made from corn starch) or PHA(plant-based plastic, usually made from vegetable oils or sugar, or glucose). Compostable plastic straws will compost in commercial conditions.