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Plastic Straw vs Bamboo Straw : Which one to choose...

Updated: Jun 19, 2022

Hygiene is important whether it is oral or physical. And in order to obtain Good Hygiene, you have to objectify everything that is harmful and find alternatives for the same.

Everybody knows what are the problems occurring due to excessive use of plastic so what are the alternatives we can use to eliminate plastic... Just like that one alternative is Bamboo Straws instead of plastic straws.

Bamboo drinking straws are all-natural and reusable, making them one of the simplest methods to reduce your household's plastic waste. Bamboo is a safe and natural option that does not harm the environment or endanger marine life.

With so many beverages on the go every day, I was alarmed to discover how many plastic straws I was using. Switching from a plastic to a bamboo drinking straw is straightforward and has numerous advantages. It's one of the simplest things you can do to help tackle the world's plastic trash crisis. Another thing is it can also be used as a decor item which is also Eco-Friendly and stylish.

Benefits of using Bamboo Drinking Straws:-

1. Natural and biodegradable — everything comes from the earth and goes back to the ground! Bamboo items are biodegradable and will return to the earth's soil when they are no longer needed.

2. Chemical-free and antibacterial — it is grown without the use of chemical fertilisers or pesticides. Its innate antimicrobial characteristics make it more susceptible to decay and bacteria transmission.

3. Bamboo is environmentally benign since it produces 35 per cent more oxygen than trees and helps to absorb CO2 from the atmosphere.

Every day, Asians are expected to use nearly 170-390 million disposable plastic straws, amounting to 63 billion to 142 billion straws every year! When you consider where all of this plastic will end up, these figures are astonishing.

The good news is that nature supplies us with the ideal solution without requiring us to pollute our environment with hazardous plastic garbage. Here are some of the advantages of utilising a bamboo drinking straw instead of a wasteful plastic straw:

There are no sharp edges, thus there is no risk of breakage. Simply throw your straw in your backpack and take it with you wherever you go. They're kid-friendly, with smooth edges that won't irritate your skin when you use them. They can be used to serve both hot and cold drinks.

Cost-effective – the cost of a pack of bamboo drinking straws is a fraction of the cost of using plastic straws over the course of a lifetime.

Plastic straws are made of the FDA-approved chemical polypropylene, but there is evidence that it can seep into liquids and contaminate them.

When properly cleaned and cared for, a bamboo drinking straw can last a lifetime. Using plastic straws over and again is unsanitary and can lead to the growth of hazardous bacteria and germs.

Dishwasher friendly — many bamboo drinking straws can be washed in the dishwasher at high temperatures.

Bamboo is inherently antimicrobial, which means it will not harbour bacteria over time as a result of moisture build-up.

Bamboo is inherently antimicrobial, which means it will not harbour bacteria over time as a result of moisture build-up.

Bamboo drinking straws are eye-catching and add a pleasant addition to any drink.

How to pick up Bamboo Drinking Straws:-

Length:- Consider the length of the vessel you will be drinking from. Do you use a straw to sip hot or cold liquids? You'll want to measure out and get a bamboo drinking straw that's the right length for you, depending on your liking. Straws for a regular 12-16 oz water glass are available from most brands. I always use mine in the morning to make fresh kale and apple juice out of a 16oz (473ml) cup.

Diameter:- If you're consuming a thicker beverage like smoothies or milkshakes, use a straw with a broader diameter. A narrow straw will suffice if you simply intend to consume less-dense beverages such as water, tea, coffee, or juice. When in doubt, broaden your horizons!

Packaging - Because you're buying a bamboo drinking straw to reduce plastic waste, be sure it's packaged in biodegradable or compostable material.

Finish — Bamboo drinking straws are available in two finishes: polished to produce a robust, dishwasher-safe exterior or untreated to expose the natural bamboo fibres. Look for a bamboo drinking straw that is free of colours and/or hazardous chemicals to ensure a safe and chemical-free straw.

How you clean the straws will be determined by the finish. Look for straws that have been finished if you wish to put them in the dishwasher, as untreated straws will deteriorate in the dishwasher.

Cleaning brush — some brands provide a nylon cleaning brush with their straw packets. These are made out of a long wire rod with a bristle head and an end. If you choose thin and narrow straws, it is recommended that you use a brush to scrub the inside of the straw. Make sure you acquire a straw set with a cleaning brush if you plan on using your straw for smoothies or milkshakes.

Pack size:- Many straws are marketed in packs of four to twelve. I first purchased a four-pack to try them out and was really pleased. I've since purchased multiple packs of ten straws so that each member of the family has a handful of each size.

How to care and clean Bamboo Straws:-

When properly cleaned and cared for, a high-quality set of NaturalNeo Bamboo Straws (link to read Amazon reviews) can last for years; however, if neglected, they will have a short lifespan.

1. Rinse the straws right after each use to avoid getting anything stuck in them.

2. Remove any grit or food residue with the cleaning brush or pipe cleaner.

3. Wash by hand in lukewarm soapy water. You can also clean a large number of straws at once by shaking them in a jar filled with warm soapy water.

4. If your bamboo drinking straw is polished, you can put it in the dishwasher.

5. Avoid exposing your straw to extreme heat for an extended period of time.


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