Whether it be part of legislation or conservation efforts, many brands are switching from plastic to a sustainable alternative, often PLA, without knowing the real truth about the dangers of a PLA straw.
Plastic pollution is one of the biggest environmental challenges of our time, with statistics showing there will be more plastic in the ocean than there are fish, by volume, by 2050. Restaurants, venues and establishments worldwide are working to combat plastic pollution by eliminating plastic straws.
Recently, notable hospitality, restaurant and airline brands have eliminated single-use plastic straws, while cities like Seattle, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and more have banned plastic straws entirely. Whether it be part of legislation or conservation efforts, many brands are switching from plastic to a sustainable alternative, often PLA, without knowing the real truth about the dangers of a PLA straw.
Consumers, restaurants and businesses believe they are making an environmentally sound choice by using or offering PLA straws over single-use plastic straws. But, that’s not always the case.
PLA “biodegradable” straws are positioned as straws made from plants that can break down in the environment. They are made from naturally occurring, plant material such as renewable resources like cornstarch or sugar cane. While PLA plastic is typically a better alternative than its close relative, the traditional petroleum-based plastic, they aren’t the most environmentally sound option.
Because many consumers and businesses are not aware of the real facts about PLA straws, outlined are four truths about PLA straws to consider before you decide to make the switch.
Truth #1: PLA straws require specific disposal conditions.
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