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Paper Straws and Degradable Straws Become Alternatives to Plastic Straws

In January 2020, the China Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment issued the "Opinions on Further Strengthening the Treatment of Plastic Pollution", proposing that the catering industry nationwide ban the use of non-degradable disposable plastic straws by the end of 2020.


Beginning in the second half of 2020, paper straws, biodegradable drinking straws and direct drinking cup lids without straws have gradually come into everyone's sight, and the public has begun to slowly accept life without disposable plastic straws.


Ⅰ. Paper straw uses

1. Raw material: 

The raw material of the paper straw is wood pulp, which is made through processes such as gluing and paper roll.


2. Advantages: 

Easy to dissolve, high recycling rate.


3. Current problems:

  • Easily deformed, it is easier to dissolve when drinking hot drinks, which will affect the taste.

  • Compared with the price of plastic straws, the cost is several times higher.


Ⅱ. Biodegradable drinking straws

1. Raw materials: 

Using corn, sugarcane and other crops as raw materials, produced through a series of complex processes.


2. Advantages:

  • Like compostable plastic cutlery, the feeling of the straw use is more like plastic.

  • Under the condition of composting, biodegradable drinking straws will be degraded in only 90 days.


3. Current problems:

  • There are problems such as heavy sucrose taste and short storage period.

  • For this new type of straws, most factories still have technical difficulties and have not yet been popularized. The demand is strong and the total supply is insufficient.

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