Rice Straws vs. Paper Straws
For a long time now, paper straws have been perceived as a fully compostable and plastic-free alternative to the common plastic straw. However, this is far from true! Even though some paper straws are compostable, the multi-layered ply (which prevents them from going "soggy" in drinks), makes the composting process questionable as most of these straws end up in land-fill. Ultimately, production of paper straws can only be called sustainable and resource-saving to a limited extent.
Paper straws are produced in large quantities and are usually characterised by various colours, and designs and are typically striped. The paper ribbons are brought together on huge treadmills, and finally sealed with glue. The type of glue used is not always stipulated. Research also shows that some straw manufacturers use food-insensitive adhesives to cut costs. Nevertheless, paper drinking straws have already spread widely as an acceptable plastic drinking straw alternative. They continue to conquer the market due to low cost manufacturing.
So, what’s the alternative to the common plastic straw and paper straw?
Beve Straws rice straws’ ingredients consist of 63% broken rice flour, water and tapioca that is mixed to a paste, extruded and cut to form straws in one piece. They decompose easily and are so good for the planet that they can even be fed to fish as food! It is the type of product alternative that will help our environment thrive well into the future.