2020 marked a significant change for single-use plastic straws. In October it became illegal to supply plastic straws, along with stirrers and plastic-stemmed cotton buds in England, with Scotland due to follow suit in 2021.

Thankfully, the plight of our oceans is very much in focus nowadays, with all sea life and seabirds estimated to be devastatingly impacted in the next few decades.

So it’s clear that good alternatives to the plastic straw are needed. But what are those alternatives? And how do they match up to the benefits of RICESTRAWS?

Comparison between Eco-friendly Drinking Straws

We believe in vehemently in our RICESTRAWS, but we’re also open-minded. Following a tried-and-tested comparison between them all, here’s what we found …

Metal Straws

Some metal straws are quite funky, but all of them tend to be heavy and not entirely practical. As they are opaque, it’s also difficult to see when they are dirty and require a special brush to clean.
The Last Straw: Unpleasant on the mouth for icy drinks.

Glass Straws

These are great for those who need to use a straw for drinking, and being transparent, it’s easy to see if they’re clean or not. They do tend to roll around in your drink, however, which for disabled people, can make drinking difficult.
The Last Straw: Dangerous as can break quite easily when dropped.

Khanyiso Straws

This naturally occurring reed grown in Mozambique, is compostable and eco-friendly, but like lemongrass straws, are fragile and breaks easily in transport.
The Last Straw: Negatively flavours the drink.

Bamboo Straws

Compostable and tough, bamboo straws would be an ideal solution. However, the taste of green wood comes through immediately upon drinking f with cold liquids, not far behind.
The Last Straw: Deplete bamboo sources – lousy for pandas.

Lemongrass Straws

These are currently popular as an alternative to plastic straws. However, they do break quite easily and don’t store too well.
The Last Straw: Strong, unpleasant aftertaste.






RICESTRAWS: A Clear Winner for our Oceans

In comparison to these plastic straw alternatives, RICESTRAWS win hands down every time. Here’s why …

  • RICESTRAWS are entirely eco-friendly, and biodegrade in only seven days in seawater, 90 days in ordinary waste conditions.
  • The packaging is made from recycled cardboard and biodegrades in 3 months too.
  • They leave no aftertaste and do not flavour your drink in any way.
  • RICESTRAWS are safe to eat! They can also be sugared, for an added zing to your cocktail!
  • Made from natural materials, RICESTRAWS are pleasant in the mouth with cold drinks – no brain freeze here!
  • Grown from rice and tapioca, they don’t deplete bamboo sources. That means happy pandas all round!
  • Ricestraws have no taste, so no additional agents are needed to remove taste and colour.
  • They come in several naturally sourced colours – so it’s easy to pimp your drinks with red, lemon, yellow, blue and natural options.

So there you have it – RICESTRAWS get all the awards going! However, there is one more accolade that we yet haven’t included. For high-volume users of straws, like bars, restaurants and hotels, RICESTRAWS make the grade on price too. Whilst you will always pay a little more for eco-friendly alternatives to the wicked straw, RICESTRAWS compare well with other options – but with all the added benefits above. What’s not to like?

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