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Eco-friendly Straws to Replace Plastic Straws in Restaurants and Coffee Shops

plastic straws alternative for restaurants, coffee shops

As you know, plastic pollution has become one of the most pressing environmental issues. From 1950s, about 8.3 billion tons of plastic produced over the world and only 9% was recycled, the left end up in landfill or dump into the ocean.

Plastic waste kills 11 million seabirds and marine animals each year. Nearly 700 species of marine life are in danger of extinction.

While plastic has many valuable uses, we have become addicted to single-use plastic products — with severe environmental, social, economic and health consequences.

Aware of that fact, many countries and regions have banned some single-use plastic items such as: cutlery, straws, stirs – the small ones that hardly recycle.

In other countries, many restaurants and coffee shop have been acknowledging the severity of this issue and put an effort to minimize plastic waste from the smallest one – the plastic straws.

One simple step to cutting down on single-use straw consumption is telling servers not to put a plastic straw on the drinks. Of course, it is important to provide straws to consumers who ask for them or need them.

But in these cases, the questions are: What is the most environmentally friendly straw? What can I use instead of a plastic straw?

Are biodegradable straws really biodegradable? What are pros and cons of these eco-friendly straws? This article will answer these questions.

What is the most environmentally friendly straw?

The most environmentally friendly straw is no straw. ^^ Yeah, we all know that. But we’re talking about the situations when people need it. And in this case, we usually think about the eco-friendly straws that biodegradable, compostable or degradable.

As oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com, a substance or chemical that is biodegradable can be changed by the action of bacteria to a natural state that will not harm the environment

Compostable that can be made into compost. Compost: a mixture of decayed (= destroyed by natural processes) plants, food, etc. that can be added to soil to help plants grow

Degradable that can be broken down into a simpler form.

That’s why biodegradable and compostable straws are better than degradable.

Which straws that biodegradable and compostable? What are pros and cons of these eco-friendly straws?

There are many disposable eco-friendly straws for restaurants, coffee shops such as: paper straws, bamboo straws, edible rice straws, grass drinking straws. Each has pros and cons:

  1. Paper straws:
    Paper straws for restaurant and coffee shops
    Paper straws for restaurant and coffee shops

    Pros: – Colorful, many sizes, suitable for many drinks from juice to bubble tea.

    – Small and light so it’s easy to delivery (except bubble tea size)

    Cons: Use for cold to warm drinks, not hot drinks.

  2. Bamboo straws:
    plastic alternative for restaurants and coffee shops
    Natural bamboo straws to replace plastic straws in restaurants, coffee shop

    Pros: Reusable, suitable for both hot and cold drinks.

    Cons: Thick and heavy compare to other straws. It takes up storage space and costs to delivery.

  3. Edible rice straws:
Edible rice straws:
Edible rice straws to replace plastic straws in restaurants and coffee shops

Pros: edible, this is a very safe feature for children and many children love this. There are many sizes for all drinks.

Cons: Heavy and fragile during transportation. In hot drinks it can be your pasta.

4. Grass drinking straws:

Pros: – Small and light, easy to store and delivery;

– Good for both hot and cold drinks;

Cons: The diameters are from 4-8mm so it’s good for juice, tea, coffee, smoothies but cannot use for bubble tea.

Eco friendly straws to replace plastic straws

Above is an analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of Eco-friendly straws to replace plastic straws in restaurants and coffee shops. These disposable eco friendly straws are good for hotels, resort, bars as well as events. If you have any question, connect us at:

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Or whatsapp, Viber: +84 973 005 179.

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5 POPULAR QUESTIONS ABOUT NATURAL DISPOSABLE ECO-FRIENDLY GRASS DRINKING STRAWS

Around the world, one million plastic bottles are purchased every minute, while up to five trillion plastic bags are used worldwide every year. In total, half of all plastic produced is designed for single-use purposes – used just once and then thrown away.

Plastics and microplastics are now ubiquitous in our natural environment. Microplastic found in the air we breath, in meal we eat everyday and recently it found in our blood.

Realize the problem, many countries and territories are acting against plastic pollution.  From 3 July 2021, single-use plastic plates, cutlery, straws, balloon sticks and cotton buds cannot be placed on the markets of the EU Member States. The Government of Canada is moving forward with a comprehensive plan to address plastic pollution in the long term that includes a ban on certain harmful single-use plastics in the short term and so on.

To tackle the needs, Growgreen Co.,Ltd continues to bring the solutions to replace single use plastic by eco-friendly products such as natural straws, edible rice straws, paper straws, wooden cutleries, wooden stirs, palm leaf plates and many other products.

Natural grass drinking straws, areca palm leaf plates are solution to replace single-use plastic, reduce plastic waste to environment.
Natural grass drinking straws, areca palm leaf plates are solution to replace single-use plastic, reduce plastic waste to environment.

While serve customers, we received a lot of questions about these products.

And below are the 5 Popular Questions about Natural Disposable Eco-friendly Grass Drinking Straws that you may not know.

Q1: What are disposable grass drinking straws made of?

Grass drinking straws, as their name implies, made of stalks of “co bang-in Vietnamese” grass, a kind of Sedge Grass (some people call it Eagle Grass). This is a plant in the sedge family, with a hard and hollow stem, often growing in alum flooded areas, saline in the southwestern provinces of Vietnam

For long time, sedge grass was harvested by people to make handicraft products like hats, bags, mats and so on. Today, they are also used to make disposable drinking straws to replace plastic straws, reduce plastic waste to environment.

Q2: Are natural disposable grass drinking straws biodegradable?

The grass drinking straws are made from the stem of the grass plant, through the process of cleaning, drying, sterilizing and then reaching the consumer without any chemicals. So it is a eco-friendly completely natural product and completely decomposes in nature without any process.

Natural disposable eco-friendly grass drinking straws biodegradable without any process.
Natural disposable eco-friendly grass drinking straws biodegradable without any process.

Q3: What is the diameter of the natural disposable eco-friendly grass drinking straws? Can it be used for drinks with topping or bubble milk tea?

The diameters of natural disposable grass drinking straws are 4-8mm (0.16-0.31 inch). This does not mean that one tube has the same diameter of 4mm and another has the same diameter of 6mm (like a paper straw).

Because the natural grass straws are made from grass stalks, a stem is usually cut into 4 tubes, each 20cm length, and the stem usually has a larger base than the top, so the diameter of the straws will be smaller. However, the smallest diameters are 4mm, enough to drink beverages such as juice, tea, coffee, soft drinks, cocktails, smoothies.

Solid drinks such as milkshakes or those with toppings, pearl milk tea/ bubble milk tea should be use larger diameter tubes such as edible rice straws, natural bamboo straws or disposable paper straws (we have all).

Q4: What is the length of the natural disposable eco-friendly grass drinking straws?

The popular length of natural disposable grass drinking straws is 20cm (7.87 inch). But if you need it with different lengths such as 22cm (8.6’’), 13cm (5.1’’) please connect us to custom.

Q5: Are natural biodegradable grass drinking straws soggy or soluble in drinks?

The natural biodegradable disposable drinking straws aren’t soggy or soluble in any drinks (hot or cold, alcohol or not). This is the outstanding features of natural drinking straws compare to other eco-friendly straws.

Natural disposable eco-friendly grass drinking straws suitable for both hot and cold drinks.
Natural disposable eco-friendly grass drinking straws suitable for both hot and cold drinks.

Above are 5 Popular Questions about Natural Disposable Eco-friendly Grass Drinking Straws and the answers. If you have any questions about the natural disposable grass drinking straws or any eco-friendly products to replace sing-use plastic, don’t hesitate to connect us.

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Our Planet is Choking On Plastic and 9 Things We Can All Do to Beat Plastic Pollution

While plastic has many valuable uses, we have become addicted to single-use plastic products — with severe environmental consequences.

Around the world, one million plastic bottles are purchased every minute, while up to five trillion plastic bags are used worldwide every year. In total, half of all plastic produced is designed for single-use purposes – used just once and then thrown away.

Plastics and microplastics are now ubiquitous in our natural environment. They are becoming part of the Earth’s fossil record and a marker of the Anthropocene, our current geological era. They have even given their name to a new marine microbial habitat called the “plastisphere”.

We have seen a lot of positive action, but the truth is that we all need to do more and turn off the tap on plastic pollution at the source.

There are many things that you as an individual can do – from asking the restaurants you visit to stop using plastic straws, to bringing your own coffee mug to work, to pressuring your local authorities to improve how they manage your city’s waste. Take the Clean Seas pledge and adopt new habits to limit your plastic footprint.

For inspiration, here are 9 things we can all do to #BeatPlasticPollution for #CleanSeas:

1.    Clean a Beach: If you live near a coastline, join beach clean-ups in your area. Or take your family along on a beach walk and start your own clean-up.

2.    Clean a River: 80% of marine litter originates from land and rivers drain plastic waste into the oceans. Join a river clean-up or do your own! The river will look nicer and benefit its ecosystem and the ocean.

3.    Quit Smoking: Did you know that smoking contributes to the plastic that enters the ocean? For over 25 years, cigarettes butts have been the top item collected during the International Coastal Cleanup.

For over 25 year, cigarettes butts have been the top item collected during International Coastal Cleanup

4.      Shop Sustainably: Next time you are out shopping, choose food with no plastic packaging, carry a reusable bag, buy local products, and refill containers to reduce your plastic waste and effect on the environment.

5.    Try a Zero-Waste Lifestyle: Become a zero-waste champion. Invest in sustainable, ocean-friendly products- reusable coffee mugs, water bottles and food wraps. Consider options like menstrual cups, bamboo toothbrushes and shampoo bars. These will help you save money and the ocean too.

6.    Travel Sustainably: When you are on holiday, try to watch your single-use plastic intake. Refuse miniature bottles in hotel rooms, take your own reusable drinking bottle and use reef-safe sunscreen, without microplastics

7.    Be an advocate for change: Ask your local supermarkets, restaurants and local suppliers to ditch plastic packaging, refuse plastic cutlery and straws, and tell them why. Pressure your local authorities to improve how they manage waste.

Say NO to plastic straws and cutlery when you don’t need it.

8.    Dress Sustainably: The fashion industry produces 20 per cent of global wastewater and 10 per cent of global carbon emissions. That’s more than all international flights and maritime shipping combined. “Fast fashion” is so last year. Consider sustainable clothing lines, vintage shops and repair your clothes when possible.

9.    Choose plastic-free personal care products: Personal care products are a major source of microplastics, which get washed into the oceans straight from our bathrooms. Look for plastic-free face wash, day cream, makeup, deodorant, shampoo and other products.

(Source: UNEP.org; Images: Internet)

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5 INTERESTING THINGS ABOUT ARECA PALM PLATES

Palm leaf plates are a great solution to replace disposable plastic plates and bowl
  • Areca leaf plates are 100% biodegradable, a solution to replace single-use plastic plates, bowls.
  • There are many sizes and shapes are produced to match market requirements.
  • It can be reused
  • The product entirely from natural so it is not identical in color and thickness.
  • No chemicals in the manufacturing process.
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GROWGREEN CO., LTD

Bamboo bowl with trays

Established in Jan 2019, Growgreen’s mission is to help restaurants, hotels, and coffee shops, bars, canteens, ect to reduce single-use plastic with environmentally friendly and sustainable products, in order to protect the environment and create jobs for workers, farmers.

Growgreen’s products have been quality tested by SGS and TUV Rheinland, meeting US and EU export standards.

The products can be wrapped in paper, packed in sets, printed with logos, customized in shape and size according to customer requirements.

Let us know your situations, together we’ll solve it.

 Address: No.17, Alley 168/26, Kim Giang St., Dai Kim Ward, Hoang Mai Dist., Hanoi, Vietnam

Hotline: +84 973 005 179 (Zalo, WhatsApp, Viber, WeChat)

Email: growgreenvietnam19@gmail.com

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