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Practicality of PLA Degradable Straw

Straws are not only used for takeaways, offices, banquets, family entertainment, etc., but also for drinking coffee, alcohol, soy milk and other beverages. Straws have become an indispensable item in our daily life. Plastic straws are cost-effective and easy to use, and have become the first choice of many consumers. However, because plastic straws are difficult to degrade in the soil, they will cause serious harm to marine life. Therefore, straw manufacturers began to use green and environmentally friendly PLA biodegradable organic straws to replace common plastic straws.

1. Production method of PLA organic straws

PLA (polylactic acid) is a new type of biodegradable material. The production method is as follows: using renewable plant resources (cassava, corn and other crops) to extract starch, the starch raw material is saccharified to obtain glucose, and then the glucose is metabolized and fermented by strains to produce high-purity lactic acid, and then a high-purity lactic acid is obtained by a synthetic method. The molecular weight polymerized lactic acid is then processed into various biodegradable organic straws with good performance.

2. PLA organic straws have good biodegradability

Polylactic acid, also known as polylactide, is a polyester polymerized from lactic acid. Polylactic acid has excellent biodegradability, compatibility and absorbability. Polylactic acid is a non-toxic and non-irritating synthetic polymer material. Its raw material is lactic acid, mainly from the fermentation of starch (such as corn, rice), etc. It can also be obtained from cellulose, kitchen waste or fish waste as raw materials. PLA has a wide range of raw materials, and the products made from it can be directly composted or incinerated after use, and can finally be completely degraded into CO2 and H2O to meet the requirements of sustainable development. The good transparency and certain toughness, biocompatibility and heat resistance of PLA are the main reasons for its wide application.

PLA organic straws can be degraded to generate CO2 and H2O, which will not pollute the environment and meet the needs of industrial composting; the straws extruded at high temperature have good thermal stability, good solvent resistance, gloss and transparency. Hand feel properties can replace petroleum-based products, the physical and chemical indicators of the product can meet the requirements of local food safety regulations. Therefore, it has a wide range of applications and can basically meet the needs of most beverages on the market.

3. PLA organic straws have good moisture resistance and airtightness

PLA organic straws have stable performance at room temperature, but will automatically decompose under the action of temperature higher than 45℃ or oxygen enrichment and microorganisms. Special attention should be paid to the temperature during the transportation and storage of the product. Prolonged high temperature will cause deformation of the PLA straw.

PLA organic drinking straws are limited by the performance of raw materials, and cannot be used for hot drinks during use, but are suitable for cold drinks.

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