At a time when global warming, pollution and ecology are coming back more and more to the fore, a recurring problem is also experiencing an increasingly busy news: that of waste management. This becomes a major ecological issue, at a time when the oceans are becoming the planet's true dumping grounds.
The waters of the globe face a real scourge: plastic. That, if not brought under control, could lead to the decimation of the fish population by 2050, according to a study cited by National Geographic.
Among these numerous plastic wastes, there is a product whose impact is largely underestimated: straws.
You probably don't always think about it, but traditional plastic straws account for a very large share of marine pollution. According to a source from National Geographic, the Americans alone would consume no less than 500 million straws ... daily! Even for the fast food empire, that leaves you wondering.
In addition to the final pollution of the oceans or the land, plastic straws obviously have all the disadvantages and problems inherent in the use of this material. We can cite for example a strong carbon footprint, a lot of water and energy used for their manufacture, a generation of waste, as well as, of course, a duration of 1000 years to decompose entirely a simple plastic straw.
Aware of the dramatic impact of plastic on the environment, many governments, especially in Europe, have decided to launch war on this "historic" material. After plastic bags in 2016, disposable tableware (cups, glasses, plates), cotton swabs for household use should definitively leave our shelves by 2021… just like plastic straws.
This is where ecological straws come in.
Of course, the end of plastic straw as we know it does not mean that there will be no more straw for industrialists. A first replacement has emerged: paper straw, which has now been overtaken by ecological straws made of mineral paper and resistant fibers.
Although among the cheapest straw models on the market, and despite their lower impact on the environment than plastic straws, paper straw, which is becoming more and more widespread, is still far from perfect. Its composition alters the taste of drinks, it can decompose inside, and thus has a very negative impact on the user experience.
The best compromise: straws made of mineral paper and resistant fibers
These two types of ecological straw combine all the qualities to become the new standard in resistant disposable straws. Unlike pulp, wheat, sugar or other organic straws, they are more affordable and economically viable.
They respect the environment, by being both biodegradable and recyclable straws, and by implying a much lower carbon footprint than the competition. Finally, their resistance far exceeds that of paper straw: these straws do not disintegrate in water, and can resist up to 4 hours in water at 20 ° C (against only 6 minutes for a paper straw classic).
Convinced of the ecological urgency to evolve in our consumption of plastic, OSTONE ™, a French company, today offers 2 choice alternatives to paper or plastic straw. The first is mineral paper straw, composed of 50% FSC cellulose paper, 40% stone powder, and 10% raw polymer. The second, straw made of resistant fibers, is made up of 100% FSC cellulose paper.
Each is recyclable up to 5 times, and fully photo or biodegradable. There is no doubt that this new type of straw should soon make a remarkable entry with catering and distribution professionals.