Updated: Jul 1, 2019
With all the current eco-friendly straw alternatives out there, how do you know which to choose? At Straw To Straw, we have compiled a few options available on the market now, and highlighted why we believe wheat straws are the best option so far.
P.S: Don't let the term wheat straws fool you! The protein of the gluten only exists in the grain part of the wheat, thus our straws are Gluten-Free safe!
Reasons why wheat straws fare better in each department:
Wheat straws and Bamboo straws are the natural products itself (wheat/hay and bamboo). Paper straws are biodegradable, but they do require the manufacturing process of transforming trees into paper into straws (not to mention using up precious trees to make the straws!). Bio-plastics are biodegradable, but only under specific conditions (most actually require a specific facility to break down the bio-plastics!)
Wheat straws and Bamboo straws are 100% natural, thus breaking down easily in your compost bin. Mega plus!
In this category, wheat and bamboo straws are the main contenders. Being 100% natural, these are the only straws that can naturally decompose and integrate back into nature flawlessly without the help of industrial composting factories. Even though they are natural, wheat straws and bamboo straws can be reused (mother nature created them stronger than we give her credit for!).
Wheat straws can be used up to about 5 times before they split open (as they were a disposable means meant to replace single use plastic straws), while bamboo straws would have to be swapped every few months.
Nobody wants a soggy straw. In this area, everyone but the paper straw wins. (Although, if you do drink your drink within 10 minutes, it's still not that bad)
Metal and Bamboo straws are great as they are reusable. Paper straws required manufacturing and the use of tree resources to make the straws happen. Bio-plastic straws, while they use pulp and plant based materials, there is still the processing and manufacturing process which would make it less sustainable in comparison to wheat straw factories. Wheat straws only require harvesting, processing (cutting them into suitable lengths) and sterilisation. Plus, since wheat straws are a by-product, if they don't get turned into straws, they get turned into food for animals! Win!
Wheat straws and Bamboo straws are the winner here as nature has created them to be strong enough to withstand the heat and cold!
Bamboo straws and Stainless Steel costs the most out of all, as they are intended for sustainability and reusability.
Bioplastics, paper and wheat straws are on par with prices, so it all just comes down to preferences!
While stainless steel and bamboo straws are great for reusability, the number of cafes/bars that don't wash the straws properly will shock you. So while single use plastic straws are evil, single use alternative straws such as wheat and paper would be the perfect option when disposability and hygienic factors come into play.