Science Says: Amount of Plastic Straws, Plastic Pollution Is Huge. We have to choose eco reusable straws instead of plastic straws to save our nature in order to keep a rather cleaner planet not only for ourselves but for our children and our grandchildren.
Why use straws, as we can never use straws when drinks? Because the Pretty girl with lipstick hope it doesn’t stick to the cup when she drinking. And undoubtedly, using them is more hygienic in restaurants, and they also protect your teeth from swimming in coffee and juice which erodes your enamel. That is why we need straws instead of non-straw in daily life.
Today, we mainly talk about one of the alternatives to the Plastic Straws – Reusable Stainless Steel Metal Straws.
23 Most Important Questions about Metal Straws
1. Difference between Plastic and Metal Straws.
Most modern disposable plastic straws are made from polypropylene, which is extracted from petroleum. They also happen to contain BPA, bisphenol A, which may penetrate into the liquid you are using the straw for. While metal straw is made of food grade stainless steel and is not corrosive and reactive, so the straw does not absorb flavors or odors. These straws can be used repeatedly.
2. Why metal straws instead of Plastic Straws?
1) Environmental Friendly:
Stainless steel straw: Made from stainless steel which is not easy to be damaged or corroded, and also can be recycled.
Plastic straw: plastic production cannot be melted, Non-recyclable, which even hard to decompose and severely do harm to marine life.
Stainless steel: Stainless steel is an excellent material for corrosion resistance which can be recycled after disinfection.
Plastic pipettes: Some of the changes that plastics make when the plastics straw encounters an acidic or hot beverage, some of the changes that may cause the release of chemicals, therefore they dissolve into the drink then drunk into the stomach.
Stainless steel: Recyclable is the first choice of many environmentally friendly people. The Shining Colored Stainless steel straws have become the symbol of fashionistas.
Plastic straw: Low availability，not conducive to environmental protection, and the style is old and single.
3. What is Metal Straws Made Of?
Metal Straws are made of Food-Grade stainless steel. It is generally regarded as Non-Toxic to both humans and the environment.
4. Why use 304 Stainless Steel for Metal Straws?
Frankly speaking, it is good for our health, and also cost-effective.
Check more details from our blog “Why Stainless Steel 304 is One of the Best Choice for Metal Straws?”.
5. What’s the difference between 304 stainless steel and 18/8 stainless steel?
304 stainless steel is a very common stainless steel, which is austenitic stainless steel. And it is less electrically and thermally conductive than carbon steel and is essentially non-magnetic. It has a higher corrosion resistance than regular steel and is widely used because of the ease with which it is formed into various shapes.
18/8 Stainless steel refers to the percentages of chromium and nickel in the stainless steel alloy. The ’18’ refers to the chromium content which gives the straws its rust-resistant properties, and the ‘8’ refers to the nickel content.
6. What’s the difference between 18/10 stainless steel and 18/8 stainless steel?
The ’18’ refers to the chromium content which gives the straws its rust-resistant properties, and the ’10’ refers to the nickel content. 18/10 stainless steel is more expensive than 18/8 stainless steel.
7. Are stainless steel straws BPA free?
8. Are Metal Straws Good for the Environment?
Since Metal Straws are both reusable and very durable; you’ll be able to use them for a very long time. Compared to single-use plastic straws, Metal Straws will prevent you from contributing to the 8 million tons of plastic trash that flow into the world’s oceans every year. So it is good for our environments.
9. Are Metal Straws Safe?
Stainless steel is the most basic durable material that resists oxidation and corrosion. Made of food-grade material, a 304 stainless steel straw is a safe and affordable option to drink out of.
When made with food-grade stainless steel, metal straws are 100% safe and are much better for the environment than traditional, disposable plastic straws.
Because they’re made from metal, they’ll also last much longer than other reusable straws like bamboo, which degrade over time, and glass straws, which can break after continued use.
However, metal straws can take some getting used to.
10. Is Metal Straws safe for Kids?
Absolutely Yes. Up to now, there has been intense research but no one has successfully proven that metal utensils have any negative side-effect when used under regular conditions. Food-Grade stainless steel is a perfectly safe and convenient replacement for plastic.
Because they are completely inflexible, it’s important to be careful when bringing them to your mouth – hitting your teeth or lips with them can cause minor injury since the metal straws don’t have the give and flexibility of traditional plastic straws.
For this reason, you’ll want to be careful if you’re using metal straws for drinks for small children – they shouldn’t run with the straws, and should have enough coordination as not to inadvertently poke themselves with the straw while drinking.
11. Are Metal Straws Recyclable?
Yes! They are extremely durable and 100% recyclable! You have to take it to a designated local metal recycling facility to do so.
12. Are Metal Straws Biodegradable?
Metal is not biodegradable. If you want the biodegradable straws, you should probably check out drinking straws made of Bamboo, Paper.
13. Are Metal Straws Dishwasher Safe?
Metal Straws (Stainless steel straws) – Drinking Metal Straws are dishwasher safe.
14. Do the stainless steel straws rust?
No, they are rust-resistant.
15. Are they lead-free?
Absolutely, they are food-grade 18/8 stainless steel and 18/10 stainless steel.
16. Is the end of the straw sharp?
No, they are smooth and safe to use without the worry of cutting your lip and tongue. Unless some special requirements from customers (some Taiwanese customers ask for the angled tail end for easy insert the drinks. The top ends which touch mouths are also smooth to protect your lip and tough)
17. Is it easy to Clean Metal Straws?
Yes. Most Metal Straws are sold with cleaning brushes. If you prefer handwashing your straws, they are very convenient, especially for getting to the middle of your straw. And the metal straws are Dishwasher Safe.
18. Can Metal straws use in hot drinks?
Yes. As Stainless Steel Metal Straws conducts heat very quickly, we will provide the silicone tip cover for the straw to fit the hot drinks.
19. Do your stainless steel straws have a metallic or strange taste?
No, they don’t have a metal taste; as Stainless steel straws are made from medical-grade stainless steel, which is non-corrosive and non-reactive so the straws will not absorb flavors or odors. These straws can be used over and over again. However, they do take a bit of getting used to and we recommend washing them in warm soapy water before their first use.
20. Are the colored metal straws also long-lasting?
Yes, they are the highest quality PVD coating (PVD Vacuum Titanium Coating) since it is the most durable and the hardest to scratch.
Physical vapor deposition (PVD) describes a variety of vacuum deposition methods that can be used to produce thin films and coatings. PVD is characterized by a process in which the material goes from a condensed phase to a vapor phase and then back to a thin film condensed phase. The most common PVD processes are sputtering and evaporation. and the colored metal straws are sputtering PVD.
As the professional stainless steel metal straws supplier in China, you can choose the food-grade, reusable, durable, and cheaper in the long run, safety Stainless Steel metal straws from Aleco Straws.
22. What is the material of Aleco Metal straws?
Most are 304 stainless steel, and some customers ask for 316 stainless steel.
23. Can you do the engraved branding on the straws?
Yes, Aleco can laser your personal logo on the straws in white or Black color. As a suggestion, if you prefer the silver original stainless steel metal straws, your logo can be black color. And if you like the colored stainless steel straws, your logo is better in white color.
We’ve all heard about plastic pollution at some point in our daily lives. The Chinese government has promoted the use of eco-friendly bags instead of disposable plastic bags.
Here are the U.S. cities that have banned plastic straws so far:
New York City, Hawaii, and California have pending straw ban legislation.
California: Alameda, Carmel, San Luis Obispo, Davis, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Oakland, Richmond, and Berkeley.
Washington: Seattle and Edmonds.
New Jersey: Monmouth Beach.
Florida: Miami Beach and Fort Myers.
At the beginning of July 2018, Seattle became the largest U.S. city to ban plastic straws. They’re not alone. It is said that Starbucks plans to phase out plastic straws by 2020. McDonald’s recently announced it will ban plastic straws at its U.K. and Ireland restaurants. Bon Appétit Management, a food service company with 1,000 U.S. locations, announced last May it will phase out plastic straws. Alaska Airlines will be one of the first airlines to phase out plastic straws and stirrers, in part thanks to an environmentally conscious girl scout.
If you work in the restaurant business in the state of California, you probably know by now that since the 1st of January, 2019, every sit-down restaurant is banned from serving plastic straws to customers – unless they ask for one. For those who are adamant about using serving plastic straws, it’s going to cost you at least $25 a day.
The ban on plastics will continue, will you be willing to join us?
Let’s go green!
Save Nature to save the Future.