Why We Should Use Bamboo Straws Instead Of Plastic Straws

Updated: Jun 1, 2021

Plastic straws not only pollute our environment but it is also harmful to our health. Plastic straws are not biodegradable and cannot be broken down naturally by bacteria and other decomposers into non-toxic materials. Most plastic straws always break into ever-small particles, releasing chemicals into the soil, air, and water that are harmful to animals, plants, people, and the environment.

Plastic straws are not biodegradable, but they are also difficult to recycle because plastic straws are categorized as type five plastic, which is even less commonly recycled. Also, plastic straws are small and light that they are often sifted out at mechanized recycling plants and sent to landfills anyway.

As discussed above, plastic straws degrade into smaller particles over time, making it easier to be swallowed by marine animals such as fish. In this way, plastic is entering the food chain and may, ultimately, be consumed by humans, which could have more profound health implications. However, people have opted to use the more eco-friendly option to reduce plastic pollution to the environment. Among eco-friendly alternatives is the use of bamboo straws.

bamboo straw drinking coffee

Bamboo straws are an alternative to saying no to plastic pollution. This is a safe, eco-friendly, biodegradable, and reusable straw. Bamboo is entirely natural. It overgrows, and there is no added pesticide or chemical fertilizers.

Thus the plant does absolutely no damage to animal life, marine life, or the environment in general. It is considered one of the most environmentally friendly and sustainable plants. Bamboo produces 30% more oxygen than other trees, helping to combat climate change. Also, it is one of the fastest-growing plants. The individual can make bamboo, or they can be purchased.

How To Make A Bamboo Straw

The following are the guidelines for making bamboo (Do It Yourself).

· Make 15cms on the bamboo cane, mark it with a marker or pencil and then cut the club carefully with the handsaw.