In the earlier blog posts, we talked about the glory of paper straws. But I figured it is about time to dissect the pros and cons of using paper straws. Everything comes with for and against, and paper straws are no exception. So without further ado, let us get started!
Pros of paper straws:
- Paper and wax are the two main things used in the making of paper straws. Paper and wax both are plant-based, sustainable, and harmless to our environment. Therefore, it is easy to say that paper straws are entirely environmentally friendly.
- Paper straws are one of the cheapest alternatives to plastic straws. Even though plastic straws are most inexpensive, they are hazardous for our digestive tracts, non-biodegradable, and produce tons and tons of harmful emissions. The difference in the cost of each kind of straw is not significant. Thus, I conclude that the extra cent spent on paper straws is rather beneficial for your body as well for the Earth.
- Paper straws are more biodegradable than plastic straws. Also, it takes 300 years for a single plastic straw to decompose and disappear whereas, it only takes three days for a paper straw for degenerating and decomposing totally.
Cons of paper straws:
When paper straw usage has heaps of advantages, it has few downsides to it as well. They are as following:
- Paper straws soften too quickly. Well, it is understandable since it is paper, but it is too uncomfortable if you are having a hot drink. It is not the most pleasant experience in the world, as they sag really quickly, and it gets almost impossible to suck the liquid through them.
- Some paper straws have wax and film coating on them, which makes the decomposing a bit hard. Although the wax coating gets done to prevent the straw from getting mushy, it eliminates the ability of the straw to get composted.
However, the pros still outweigh the cons, so I will say paper straws are the best pick!