Paper straw so bad? What’s the future for straw?

Plastic straws are not. After the sea turtle incident, it’s obvious we could choke the sea with as little as a plastic straw. Besides, for us, plastic straws are impossible to recycle; it’s simply impossible to collect back the disposed plastic straws.

PLA straw is slightly better than paper straw; bio-based plastic is stronger and less likely to get soggy; and it is bio-compostable. However, it requires almost five times the price of plastic straw and twice the price of paper straw, and above 55 °C, it will degrade; the shell life will be less than 12 months, much shorter than that of paper straw for 24 months, putting a heavy cost burden on brands,

Then let’s see why paper straw is the option. And why is it so bad? The thing is, paper straws are mainly made up of two ingredients: paper and glue, and food contact glue is water-resolvable. Therefore, paper straw itself is mainly designed to be degradable while balancing the user experience. And it could lighten the ecological burden, as no sea turtle is likely to choke on a soggy paper straw. and companies like Yum are only considering using paper straws as a transitional product. Some QSRs, like KFC and Burger King, will probably not be serving straws in the future.

Currently, paper straw is still the mainstream alternative. Numbers also back on the fact that there is currently no better solution than paper straws, as they’re selling over a billion dollars annually since the plastic ban, and the paper straw you hate is still a billion dollar market.