The Internet's 10 Most Common Questions about Paper Straws

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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If we all use paper straws what about the trees? Cutting down trees is equally bad to the environment as plastic!


If we all use paper straws what about the trees? Cutting down trees is equally bad to the environment as plastic!

Vanessa G

Oh, of coarse they’re not “bad” you sell them! Cutting down trees is just as bad as plastic use.


I was wondering who wrote this? I’ve been trying to find a name, but all I found was “your straw guy.” :/


Who wrote this?

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