Since early 2021 we have abandoned paper straws for natural grass straws and here is why
One of the several arguments against paper straws is the carbon emission during the production process. Did you know that the production of one paper straw equals 0.009KG of CO2 compared to the 0.001KG of CO2 released during the production of 1 plastic straw (source: EPA, OCS).
In other words, one paper straw creates the same amount of CO2 as 5.4 plastic straws!
So what are these natural straws?
You might know them as “grass straws.”In fact, they become stronger and more durable as they soak up the liquid.
This type of grass is called Grey Sedge.
Grey sedge grows abundantly in the tropical wetlands of Southern Vietnam along the Mekong delta, mainly in the Long An Province. High in alkaline, this iron-rich area is suitable for only certain types of plants.
Sedges are harvested roughly every 16 months.
10% of each field is left unharvested, and the strongest ones are spread out and replanted, roots and all.
This circular, regenerative farming method assures a steady supply, helps protect the ecosystem, and provides secure work.
But most importantly Sedges don’t go soggy!
In fact, they become stronger and more durable as they soak up the liquid.
Sedges don't stop there.
When they’re finished being a straw, turn them into compost or fertilizer, decorations, fuel for your bonfire, or even animal feed.
Unlike straws made from PLA (polylactic acid), which don’t fully biodegrade in natural conditions, Grey Sedge is nature itself. Even if you happen to drop it on the ground; it literally can’t become waste.