The Effectiveness Of Paper Straws

It is safe to state that the worldwide promotion of using paper straws is becoming increasingly accepted today. A lot of food companies such as McDonalds and Starbucks are choosing to ditch plastic straws in support of paper straws. Even individual people, as well as activists, are promoting the use of paper straws.

However, that begs the question, are paper straws effective as a replacement for plastic straws? This article will discuss how effective paper straws are in general.

1. Effectiveness in function as a straw

Paper straws are not that effective as straws. Paper straws are generally easy to get wet and broken, which will happen while you are enjoying a drink from it. Due to the paper straw breaking down, bits and pieces of paper will end up in your mouth, and if you are unlucky, you might even swallow it by accident. This causes people to ask the question of why paper straws are so easy to break down while paper cups are not?

The answer lies in the special covering of paper cups. Paper cups have a wax surface covering, which prevents water from seeping in and damaging the paper. The same covering cannot be done in straws, because it can be sucked by the person using the straw. Protective covering is only available in paper products like paper cups and paper plates.

2. Effectiveness in saving the environment

Paper straws especially those designed with colorings such as halloween paper straws are often not recycled. This contradicts the main selling point of plastic straws, namely its biodegradable properties. Additionally, a lot of paper straws are created from wood pulp, which came from trees. This means that while demand for paper straws are continuing to go up, more and more trees will be cut down in order to create more paper straws.

Written by Jack
Jack Bauer is a freelance writer and an academician. He is a graduate of Communication and Media Arts and he owns a publishing company in New York City.