Compostable Drinking Straws
As a country, the United States users an estimated 500 million single-use straws each day (TRVST.org). Many of these straws end up in ditches, landfills, and waterways. As people have become more conscious of our impact on the environment, the attention to a major straw issue has increased.
New alternatives have developed over time such as metal straws and paper straws, but metal straws are hard to get clean and paper straws get soggy. That is where compostable plastic straws come in.
What Are Compostable Plastic Straws Made Of?
Some compostable straws are made from Nodax PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate). Nodax is the first PHA polymer to be certified as marine biodegradable. It is also biodegradable in soil and landfills, as well as being home and industrial compostable.
How Are Compostable Plastic Straws Made?
Nodax PHA is a substrate derived from canola oil. Because the straws are made from a plant-based material, they will naturally be consumed by bacteria, no matter the environment that they end up in. PHA straws look, feel, and perform very much like a traditional plastic straw.