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10 Most Popular Questions about Silicone Straws - Answered by Your Straw Guy

10 Most Popular Questions about Silicone Straws - Answered by Your Straw Guy 0

10 Most Popular Questions about Silicone Straws

1. What is Silicone Made Of?

Unlike Rubber which is 100% Natural, Food-Grade Silicone is a polymer which is primarily made from Silica sand. It is generally regarded as Non-Toxic to both humans and the environment. It can tolerate a wide range of temperatures - Hot and Cold without leeching chemicals - unlike plastics, which under harsh circumstances will contaminate the food.

2. Are Silicone Straws Good for the Environment?

Since Silicone Straws are both reusable and very durable; you'll be able to use them for a very long time. Compared to single-use plastic straws, Silicone Straws will prevent you from contributing to the 8 million tons of plastic trash that flow into the world's oceans every year. 

3. Difference between Silicone and Plastic.

Most modern single-use plastic straws are made from polypropylene - which is derived from petroleum. They also happen to contain BPA, Bisphenol A, which can leak into the liquid you are using the straw for.

Mind Body Green, a very popular wellness blog, has written an elaborate article on those differences here which is titled : "Silicone Vs. Plastic: What's The Difference & Is One Safer?"

4. Are Silicone Straws Safe?

 Food-Grade SIlicone Straws are very flexible, and won't damage your teeth, unlike tougher alternatives like Metal or Glass, when you chew on them. This makes Silicone and ideal material for drinking straws meant for Children, Disabled People and Seniors.

5. Is Silicone Bad for Babies?

Absolutely not. Up to now, there has been intense research but no one has successfully proven that Silicone utensils have any negative side-effect when used under regular conditions.

Food-Grade Silicone is a perfectly safe and convenient replacement to plastic. On top of that, it is Ultra-Hygienic and Hypoallergenic - meaning that bacteria cannot reside in the inside of Silicone Straws. This makes Silicone one of the best, if not the best, child-friendly materials for drinking straws.

6. Are Silicone Straws Recyclable?

Yes! Silicone is 100% Recyclable.

7. Are Silicone Utensils Dishwasher Safe?

Silicone Utensils - Bakeware & Drinking Straws are dishwasher safe. They can withhold temperatures upwards of 550°F, so don't worry about those!

8. Are Silicone Straws Biodegradable?

Unfortunately, Silicone is not biodegradable. If biodegradability is a deciding factor for you, you should probably check out drinking straws made of Bamboo, Paper or Straw.

HEADS UP: Watch Out for Corn-Based PLA Straws - those are Compostable but NOT Biodegradable.

9. How to Clean Silicone Straws

Most Silicone Straws are sold with complementary cleaning brushes. If you prefer handwashing your straws, they are very convenient, especially for getting to the middle of your straw.

10. Are Silicone Utensils Microwave Safe? 

Absolutely. Silicone has been deemed microwave-safe by the FDA since 1979. The Silicone used is Non-Toxic and won't leech chemicals even under high temperatures, unlike plastic. Silicone Straws can undergo harsh temperatures - frozen or heated up to 550°F in the microwave.




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The 6 Key Figures about Plastic Pollution (Sources Included)

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The 6 Key Figures about Plastic Pollution


We've all heard about plastic pollution at some point in our daily lives. If you work in the restauration business in the state of California, you probably know by now that since the 1st of January, 2019, every sit-down restaurant is banned from serving plastic straws to customers - unless they ask for one.

For those who are adamant about using serving plastic straws, it's going to cost you at least $25 a day. If you were looking to avoid paper straws because of the extra cost, that move is going to be questionable.

For the others who are a bit keener on avoiding trouble, or staying ahead of the competition by pushing forward your business's environmental consciousness, then read on.



We have compiled 6 key statistics that will help you convince your customers or colleagues that plastic pollution is to be taken seriously.

Let's begin!


Alternatives to Plastic Straws in Everyday Life

1. 500,000,000

The estimated number of plastic straws used by Americans daily, as advanced by National Geographic.

The American population, according to a 2018 Census amounts to 328 million. Roughly, it would mean that on average, an American uses 1.5 plastic straws everyday. This particular number does sound pretty realistic, doesn't it? Because it is, and that's not a good thing.


2. 8,000,000 Tons

The amount of plastic trash that flows into the world's oceans every year

Note: Out of those 8 billion kilograms, plastic straws account for only 0.025%, yes 0.025%, of the total.

Now, the first question that pops into people's mind at the sight of this astounding statistic is probably something in the lines of this.

"What? Then what's all the fuss about plastic straws? We surely have bigger fish to fry! How about the big polluters - the developing countries, the big conglomerates and so on?"

Well, let's be clear about something, and it might sound very counterintuitive for a company like Your Straw Guy whose whole business revolves around the fact that plastic straws are terrible for the environment.

Say, by some magical twist of a wand, we've successfully eradicated single-use plastic straws from the face of humanity, we've still got 99.975% of the problem left. Plastic pollution would still be an issue, and we would've done not much to help the cause besides making us feel better by buying pointless straws made of bamboo or paper.

That's mostly true, except for one thing. Plastic pollution is nothing novel. We've known about it for ages, yet we've done very little as individuals, myself included, to actually act upon it. We have played the blame game for a very long time, and if it takes one silly little drinking tube to change our approach towards unsustainable growth, then I'll gladly take it.

"[The plastic straws ban]... one of the gateway issues to help people start thinking about the global plastic pollution problem" - Plastic Pollution Coalition CEO, Dianna Cohen.

This movement is so much more than saying no to single-use plastic, but rather acknowledging as individuals that this is the beginning of something much greater. It's about taking personal responsibility in an issue that affects all of us, and will affect our children, and their children for centuries to come. Switching to an alternative such as Paper Straws or Glass Straws is proof of a monumental shift in mindset, that can only positively spread for the better of mankind.

Oh well, I did drag a bit on that fact. Glad you made it this far. Next fact!

 Plastic Pollution Straws Beach

3. 7,500,000

The estimated number of plastic straws lying around America's shorelines.

Plastic Straws Landfill

4. 79%

The percentage of all plastic waste that ends up in landfills following a 2017 study by Geyer et al entitled 'Production, Use and Fate of All Plastics Ever Made.'

Plastic Straws England

5. 4,700,000,000

The estimated number of plastic straws used in England per year.

Plastic Straws Ocean

6. 150,000,000 Tons

The estimated weight of plastic waste in the world's oceans.


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The Internet's 10 Most Common Questions about Paper Straws

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The Internet's 10 Most Common Questions about Paper Straws

We have compiled a list of 10 of the most common questions asked by Googlers worldwide about paper straws, and have answered them just for you. Please not that some of the questions are, well... let's say 'true to the spirit of the internet'.

Without further ado, let's start!

1. What do paper straws look like?

Err.. well.. there are two main types of paper straws. Undyed and printed ones. Here's a picture of both, I won't tell you which is which though.

Biodegradable Paper StrawsColorful Paper Straws

2. Are paper straws biodegradable?

Most paper straws are biodegradable, that is they will decompose and break down if left out in the nature within a short period of time. 

3. How long do paper straws take to decompose?

This period will vary depending on the supplier, but our undyed Paper Straws take between 2 to 6 week.

4. Are paper straws recyclable?

Unfortunately, due to the fairly low cost of production per unit, most recycling facilities do not accept food-contaminated paper straws for recycling. 

5. What are paper straws made out of?

Paper straws are usually made from wood pulp. The higher quality paper straws are made from Kraft paper, which is a bio-based, renewable, biodegradable, recyclable, compostable and unbleached material ideal for paper straws.

6. Why are paper straws better for the environment?

Unlike single-use plastic straws, which can take up to 200 years to decompose out in nature, paper straws take only 2 to 6 weeks.

7. Why are paper straws bad?

One common issue with paper straws, is that *ahem* they require paper, which comes from trees - meaning that a lot of trees are cut down in order to produce those paper straws. So, it must mean that paper straws are pretty bad as well, right?

Not necessarily.

FSC-certified, short for Forest Stewardship Council Certified, paper straws are guaranteed to have been made from paper or wood that has been sourced in an environmentally-friendly, socially responsible and economically viable manner.

8. How do paper straws not get soggy?

So, there are a few different possible reasons for that.

One, it could be that the paper straw is coated with some (usually) FDA-approved wax that will guarantee that the straw remains waterproof or water-resistant for a decent amount of time.

Two, it could be that, especially for printed paper straws, that the paper straw itself is coated with another layer of waterproof or water-resistant printed layer which will help fight the sogginess.

But unfortunately, all paper straws do get soggy at some point.

9. How long do paper straws last in a drink?

Depending on the type of straw, this can vary from 15 sad little minutes to 8 hours depending on the paper, wax and glue used. Don't worry, these are all FDA-approved (at least ours are) and pose no threat to your safety.

10. Are paper straws reusable?

Only if you drink really quick.


So this is it, we've just answered some of the most common questions people have been asking on the internet about paper straws.

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The Paper Straw

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The Paper Straw

If you're looking for the cheapest Eco-Friendly alternative to plastic straws, having a lot of people coming over to your house, or just operate a business where you need your straws to be cheap and disposable, then paper straws might be what you're looking for.

To everyone else, I'd recommend reusable straws since they are more ecological and economical on the long run. If you just cannot afford the alternatives, then carry on. 


The Pros

1. Lots of Colourful Options

Unlike all the other alternatives to plastic straws, which don't come with much room for arts and crafts, paper straws are available in all sorts of wild designs. This gives much wiggle room for mix and matches for your guests/customers, and express yourself a bit better.

2. Cheap

Paper straws are about 3 times more expensive than plastic ones, but very cheap compared to the other eco-friendly options out there. Bans on plastic straws may be better for the environment, but not great for some businesses which operate on thinner margins and have to increase their prices - no one's happy about that.

3. Eco-Friendly

Despite being single-use, some paper straws, especially undyed ones are biodegradable and compostable. They are not recyclable, but that doesn't make them any worse since you can just toss them in a pot and let nature do its magic.


The Cons

1. Consistency

Paper straws get mushy when soaked in liquids for too long, especially hot ones, so forget about drinking your tea with those. Your straw will have probably disintegrated by the time you complete your third gulp. Some paper straws last a bit longer than others, but the pleasure of using them will inevitably come to an end - until you get another one, that is. 


2. Single-Use

If your business is mostly like a take-out drinks shop, or filling station, then you don't really have a choice. But for the environment, that's not ideal. Paper straws are still better than single-use plastic straws though. It does mean no washing up to do though.



If disposability is a major factor in deciding which kind of straw to choose from, then paper straws are most likely a fit.

If you're just hosting a party, or organising a large event, that you can't reasonably buy and wash individual straws for, then paper straws are great. They are child-friendly as well, so there's that.



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The Silicone Straw

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The Silicone Straw

If you're looking for the a straw with the flexibility, softness and child-friendliness of a plastic straw, but without the plastic part, then the silicone straw might very much be what you're looking for.

To the Straw chewers - I've personally tried all the other eco-friendly alternatives to plastic straws, silicone straws are the deal. Unless you're a panda, in which case bamboo might be cool too, then I'd recommend silicone straws for this oddly common and yet-unexplained quirk.

To the others - if "better safe than sorry" is your life motto, then look no further. Actually please do. Listening to one random dude on the internet isn't very wise. 

Anyways, if you're just looking for the next viral Instagram photo that's gonna rack up some likes, well I've got bad news. Silicone straws are just a bit plain, but we won't mention that in front of them, okay?


The Pros

1. Safe

Unlike metal, glass or bamboo, it's pretty hard to stab someone with a silicone straw. They're too bendy and flexible, picture a wet semi-cooked noodle. Tried it on my boss, doesn't work, (un)fortunately. But seriously, silicone straws are safe for seniors and children alike, I'd even dare say that they are safer than plastic straws. Also, if you or your child enjoy nibbling on your straws, silicone is pretty much the only material that can tolerate that.

2. Ultra-Hygienic & Easy to Clean

Unlike plastic, which under higher temperatures tend to leak little particles in your food or drink, silicone is pretty stable. Your trusty silicone straw is dishwasher safe and if you're keen on saving some electricity, they usually come with a perfectly-sized cleaning brush. I mean, they even use silicone cutlery in hospitals - so I'm guessing it must be pretty hygienic.

3. Eco-Friendly

Silicone straws are reusable, and last a very long time, and on the long-term that's going to save you from using a lot of single-use plastic straws. On top of that, they are recyclable.

The Cons

1. Looks

Silicone straws are, unfortunately, the ugly duckling of the straw family. They make very average Instagram photos, and some people might even confuse them for plastic. (ugh!) Since dyes don't take on very well on silicone, they are often only available in simple uniform colours.

2. Price

If you're operating a business - family restaurant, or café, those straws might represent a significant investment. Cheaper than glass, but more expensive than bamboo, paper or plastic, silicone straws are in the mid-high range. 




If you're thinking about straws for children, seniors, or persons with disabilities, silicone is pretty much a no-brainer. It's just too convenient.

If you're looking for something 'cool' or revolutionary, then you'd probably be better off checking out glass straws or bamboo ones.

If you're a business which absolutely doesn't want to give your patrons cause for litigation, then silicone's your guy.




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The Glass Straw

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The Glass Straw

Yes, glass breaks. But you can mitigate this risk by getting borosilicate glass straws. They are still going to break if you drop them on to a hard surface, but they won't break due to sudden temperature changes.

Now that we got that out of the way, let's talk about for whom glass straws are not for : children (duh), low-mid range bars, family restaurants, cheap eats

If that's not you, carry on.

The Pros

1. Easy to Clean

Something which you have to do when cleaning other types of reusable straws, is have to guess when you've done enough cleaning. With glass straws, however, you can just, well, see. So if you're a bit of maniac when it comes to using clean stuff, it helps. Also, you can see what you're drinking, while you're drinking. Not sure if that counts as a 'pro' though.



2. Eco-Friendly

Glass straws are reusable - you'll use them over and over again, brag about how cool they look to your friends until the dreaded day you drop it on the floor and it shatters to smithereens. If that day doesn't come, you can recycle them, like you do your jokes.

3. Hot Drinks

 If you do drink coffee, tea, or any hot drink for that matter, quite a lot, then few straws would suit you like glass straws do. Although most people drink coffee directly from the mug, including myself, some prefer using a straw to do so. Apparently, it helps against staining your teeth. Anyways, the point being, glass doesn't conduct heat as much, so the experience is pleasant, should you choose that path - I'm totally not judging.

The Cons

1. Glass Breaks

You've most certainly heard the idiom - "You never know what you've got till it's gone". Well, think about the day that your glass straw will break, and how devastated you'll be. Done? Now, come back to reality. You haven't broken it yet! Now, you'll start to enjoy it more, right? Sorry - I'm just trying to make it sound not that bad.

2. Noisy

Coupled with a glass glass, the glass straw will make you feel like you're in chemistry class again.

3. Price

Glass straws are generally quite expensive since they will cost about $4 to $5 per unit. For most businesses, coupled with the risk of breaking by careless patrons, it's probably a no-go, but think about the potential for marketing - no one else is doing it (for good reason).



If you're looking for a straw for yourself; something cool, easy to clean, versatile and don't mind carrying it around, then the glass straw might be for you.

If you're a high-end restaurant, bar or café willing to spend some extra bucks for an experience for your customers that will help you stand out, go for it.

If you're a restaurant or bar that's willing to save some money, but still have something very durable and cost-efficient, then you might prefer stainless steel straws.




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