The Bamboo Straw
If you've decided to make the switch away from single-use plastic straws, exploring the alternatives or are just curious and wondering what's all the fuss about drinking straws made of bamboo, then this is the right place for you.
Before jumping into the pros and cons of bamboo, we'd like to warn you that bamboo straws aren't perfect substitutes to plastic straws. They are highly likely to be unsuitable if : you work in a small restaurant, a café, or a bubble tea shop.
If you'd like to know more, as to why, please continue reading.
1. Really Eco-Friendly
Bamboo is just insanely eco-friendly since during the time it grows, it soaks a lot of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) from the air, and this helps fight against global warming.
2. 100% Natural
Bamboo Straws are made by cutting bamboo stalks. That's it. No chemicals added, no additional processes, nothing except 100% Organic Bamboo.
3. Biodegradable & Compostable
Bamboo is naturally biodegradable and compostable - meaning its components will conveniently break down into smaller particles and nutrients when left in the environment. Don't feel like cleaning your bamboo straw after a picnic? Just give it a quick rinse, and toss it in the soil next to a plant, and Tada! It's a win-win situation for both you and the environment.
4. Exotic Look
I mean plastic straws are completely outmatched in this department. The bamboo straws' look will make you feel like you're by the beach in Hawaii, basking in the sun as the fresh sea breeze gently caresses your face. They also complement fruity drinks or cocktails quite nicely.
Bamboo straws, unlike plastic or paper straws, are reusable, but their lifespan is limited. They typically last between 10-20 uses, after which splinters might start to appear.
Since bamboo is quite terrible at listening to management's instructions and sort of do whatever they want, the straws' diameters are irregular and usually inappropriate for thicker drinks such as smoothies and bubble tea.
They cannot be washed in the dishwasher and have to be cleaned by hand with a little brush that usually comes with the straws when you buy them. Here's a short 30-second video showing you how to do that.
If you're primary motivation is Eco-Friendliness, then it doesn't get much better than that. Bamboo Straws are for you.
If you're looking to replace a lot of straws for your restaurant, bar, or mid-sized business, then bamboo might be a fit. Bear in mind that there are cheaper alternatives such as undyed Paper Straws.
If you have children, or tend to be around children a lot, then please be aware that bamboo straws can be dangerous due to splinters forming after long-term use. And, if you'd prefer to be on the safe side, there are straws made of Silicone, which are really safe and hygienic.
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