Plastic straws are chemical cocktails. Straws are made from a formulated blend of plastic resin, colorants, and other additives.
Plastic straws are generally made from petroleum-derived polypropylene. Additional materials are added to the plastic formula to control the physical properties of the finished straw.
Colorants, plasticizers (which make the plastic more flexible), antioxidants (which reduce the interactions between oxygen and the plastic), and ultraviolet light filters (which shield the plastic from solar radiation) are added.
Straws are then individually wrapped in sleeves or bulk-packed in plastic or cardboard containers.
A SMALL STRAW’S BIG ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT: IT IS USED FEW SECONDS, IT SINKS FOR OVER 500 YEARS.
It is the most tangible symbol of our “throwaway” culture. An item that used for few seconds, is dumped right away ending up in the ocean by wind and rain, into our drainage networks or rivers.
Yes, some people need a straw! Anyone who has had a stroke, has autism, MS or other life changing physical issue needs a straw and often a compostable straw works best. A community of people with disabilities are going to make the bamboo straws, resulting in an environmental, economic and social impact on a small island of the Indian Ocean (Rodrigues).
A scientific study on the Swiss market related to available alternatives (for example, paper straws) has reported health dangers due to chemicals used in their manufacture as proved by a test carried out by the Swiss authority (Swiss authority-suspected CMRs found in Swiss paper drinking straws (7 August 2019).
Swiss authorities have detected potential carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic (CMR) chemicals in paper drinking straws.
The Office for Consumer Protection and Veterinary Affairs for the canton of St Gallen tested 12 straws obtained from supermarkets, restaurants, warehouses and online stores…).
A scientific analysis of other alternatives (stain steel, glass and paper straws) proves that the best price-quality ratio belongs to the bamboo straw, according to criteria such as carbon emission, energy’s production and lifespan.
Watch out for the current marketed bamboo straws: many are the result of an industrial process, and added chemicals during manufacturing.