1. Are straws recyclable?
Plastic straws are not recyclable because they are defined as what we term “single-use plastics”. All single-use plastic products are made to be used once and disposed of after. Other single-use plastics include packaging materials such as shopping bags, bottles, or wrappers, which are not recyclable and cannot be melted down, remodeled, or reused. Instead, these plastics break down into smaller pieces termed “microplastics”. Microplastics describe plastic pieces that are smaller than 0.2 inches (5mm) and due to their size they are very difficult, if not impossible, to remove from the environment.
2. How to dispose of plastic straws?
If you get a plastic straw and you need to dispose of it, please make sure to dispose of it in a trash can. Since it is made of single-use plastic, it will not be recycled, instead, the trash will be sorted and the plastic straw will be burnt with other single-use plastics found.
If you are at the beach, on a walk, or anywhere that does not have an accessible trash facility and you are using a plastic straw, please ensure you dispose of it at the next nearest trash facility. This is opposed to throwing it on the floor, out the window, or in the ocean. You can do this by either taking the straw and disposing of it in the trash yourself or making sure the wind doesn’t blow it away before the waiter can clean your table.
3. Why plastic straws should be banned?
Since plastic straws are made of single-use plastics, it is impossible to reuse or recycle the material. Additionally, due to the size and weight of plastic and more especially, straws, they are easily blown away by winds or washed away by water. Therefore, all single-use plastic articles (which are mainly used for packaging) should be banned and replaced with a more sustainable solution. These single-use plastics are hazardous not only when they are big (choking, asphyxiating, and trapping animals) but also when they have been broken down into microplastics (because they release toxic chemicals into their surroundings and cannot be easily removed).
4. Why use stainless steel straws?
With these straws, long as you store and clean them correctly, they will be able to be used indefinitely. Additionally, they don’t bend or break easily and do not change the flavor of the beverage you are consuming, making them a great alternative to single-use plastic straws.
5. How to make bamboo straws?
This is not an easy process, however, bamboo is harvested, cut, shaped, and dried under direct sunlight. Once the straws have dried, the stems would now be hard enough to continue working with. The next step would be to cut them at a length of about 8 inches (20cm) using a very sharp knife and then to sand them down properly so that the entire stem and both ends do not have any sharp corners. Thereafter, you would wash the bamboo straw and place it in boiling water with vinegar for approximately 40 minutes (this makes sure that the bamboo is disinfected). Finally, allow the bamboo straw to dry under direct sunlight.