Straw: Which kind of environmental protection?

Every day, the United States uses more than 100 million disposable straws, mostly plastic. They eventually enter the water, damage marine animals, and break down into micro-plastics that spread all over the globe. In order to solve the problem of plastic waste that is plaguing the world, many places have passed the plastic straw ban. However, the ban has been opposed by people with disabilities: they say that for many people, straws are a necessary daily tool and may not be replaced with non-plastic straws.

– Sarah Gibbons

The material of the straw: pros and cons

Metal
Metal pipettes made of stainless steel, aluminum or even titanium have become popular alternatives, but they have also attracted some criticism because of the metallic taste that will conduct heat from hot drinks, and the teeth will make a sound, but they are strong. Durable, suitable for transportation and recycling.

Paper
Paper straws appeared at the end of the 19th century, and often used for a while to absorb liquids and become sticky, causing the beverage to contaminate the taste or fiber of the paper. They are the most popular disposable straw replacements when plastic straws are disabled.

3. Silicone resin
The straw made of this soft material is a popular alternative to reusable metal straws. A company has developed a silicone pipette with extra environmental protection: it turns into bio-inert ash after burning.

4. Glass
Although glass straws may be more fragile and less portable than other materials of reusable straws, they are more resistant to cleaning and more suitable for repeated use. Some manufacturers have added a variety of colors and a variety of blown glass shapes and decorations to add an artistic touch to the straw.

5. Hard plastic
The reusable straw made of hard plastic is easy to carry, easy to clean and quite durable. Imagine this is like shrinking your reusable plastic water bottle to the size of a straw.

6. Bamboo
This natural material can be continuously regenerated. It is plant-based and can replace straws made of artificial materials. Bamboo straws can be reused, but they are difficult to clean thoroughly and may also absorb the taste. It is easy to break down after disposal.

7. Flexible straw
The bendable straw first appeared in the 1940s and brought the gospel to the health care field. With it, patients can drink without having to sit up. In the context of such applications, plastic flexible straws have become the safest and cheapest alternative, but people are looking for more environmentally friendly alternatives.