Updated: Apr 7
TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IT TAKES ONE BAMBOO STRAW AT A TIME.
Plastic straws suck! On average plastic straws take 4 second to produce, 4 minutes to use and 200 years to break down. Organic Bamboo straws are a great natural alternative for plastic straws. While having a drink, have you ever stopped to wonder if your straw is actually recyclable? It might seem harmless to use a plastic straw with our favourite cocktail or soft drinks, but there's a little more to consider.
Can you be Eco-friendly, while using a plastic straw? Your intuition might say that because they are plastic, straws can be recycled and used again. Unfortunately, the reality is that most straws are designed for a single use and aren't 100% recyclable. Plastic straws are made of type 5 plastic (polypropylene). Type 5 plastic is normally recyclable. However, as plastic straws are so small and flexible they often cause difficulty in large industrial- grade recycling machines. Most recyclers won't accept Type-5 plastic but even if they do, many recyclers will export this straws to landfills, where they remain forever. Part of reason plastic straws are disregarded so easily by recyclers is that Type-5 plastic is cheap and easy to produce. It's more cost effective for manufacturing to use new plastic rather than taking part in the recycling process.
What's even scarier than knowing they can't be recycled is understanding that plastic straws don't naturally degrade. Instead, they break down into micro plastic which stay in our Eco- systems forever. Of course, it isn't just humans who are experiencing the problems of plastic straws. Most of their downsides are experienced by the ocean and marine life. Plastic waste kills sea birds , many sea mammals, marine Turtles and countless fish. Plastic is often mistaken for food and ingested by sea life, causing them severe harm.
The best thing we can do is to refuse plastic altogether. The world's plastic problems are much larger than merely plastic straws alone, plastic straws are actually the seventh most collected waste items on beaches worldwide. So although refusing plastic straws may seem insignificant, it's impact is huge.
Straws are witnessing a significant demand on account of its 100% natural, durability and are found as a perfect alternative for drinking beverages. Bamboo straws can be reused many times and are fully compostable at the end of their lifespan. Bamboo is one of World's fastest growing plants and emits up-to 35% more oxygen than trees and helps fight climate change. Bamboo straws are the most sustainable alternative to plastic straws.
Bamboo is also one of the fastest growing plants in the world and can grow up-to one meter every day and is the sustainable reusable straw alternative.
Some common Questions about the bamboo straws:
1. How long will bamboo straw last?
The bamboo straws are reusable and can last for long time depending on how you use them.
2. Are bamboo straw hygienic and how do I sterilize bamboo straw?
Bamboo fibers have natural antimicrobial properties meaning they are less likely to harbor bacteria over time and be more resistant to spoiling or rotting over time. Boiling bamboo straw from time to time in little salt and white vinegar helps preserve them and will remove any built up residue. In order to ensure the longevity of your bamboo straw, after washing make sure to let them fully dry.
3.How long does it take for bamboo straw to biodegrade?
When your straws show natural signs of wear and tear such as splitting or fraying at the ends, it's time to dispose of them. Rather than throwing them in garbage, we can simply compost them in the garden. Cut them up and spread across the garden, they will break down within months.