All around the world, many companies and people are turning to paper straws instead of plastic, choosing paper over plastic as an environmentally friendly alternative.
Benefits of using paper over plastic
It is clear that the use of plastic straws is a problem that needs to be addressed. But are wrapper straws really a better option for the environment?
Making the transition from single-use plastic straw to straw made of paper can certainly have less environmental impact.
Here are some benefits of using more paper straws .
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Biodegradable paper straws
Paper straws are fully biodegradable and compostable. If they end up in the sea, they will begin to break down in just three days. Even if you throw your plastic straws in the recycling bin, they will likely end up in landfills or the ocean, where they can unravel.
Paper straws take less time to decompose
As we learned, plastic straws can take hundreds of years to fully decompose, and last up to 200 years in a landfill. It's much more likely that they will end up in the sea, where they enter a small microplastics that ends up being ingested by fish and marine life. Unlike plastic, paper straw will decompose back to earth in 2-6 weeks.
Paper straws safer for wildlife
Paper straws sea-life friendly. According to a study of 5 Gyres, they will break down within 6 months, which means they are safer for wildlife from plastic straws.