The cost of paper straws is 3 times that of plastic straws, and the experience is terrible.
In fact, in the overall plastic products in my country, the output of plastic straws only accounts for 0.036% of the total output-but the reason why the replacement of paper straws is listed as the first step of the plastic restriction order is more or less because of the attention and attention of plastic straws. The frequency of use is relatively high. Last year, the per capita use of plastic straws in my country exceeded 30. Banning plastic straws has obvious market education effects for consumers and enterprises.
At present, there are three main types of substitutes for plastic straws on the market: paper straws, polylactic acid straws (that is, PLA straws, sugarcane and other plant fibers mixed with polylactic acid to make degradable straws), and a relatively small glass, stainless steel, straw straws and many more.
Among them, paper straws and PLA straws are relatively mainstream alternatives to plastic straws, but the production cost is more than twice that of non-degradable plastic straws: the cost of a plastic straw can be controlled at about 3 cents, while the cost of paper straws is up to A dime is 3 times that of plastic straws; PLA straws are more expensive than paper straws due to high raw material prices and other reasons. Therefore, paper straws have a higher relative share among the plastic straw substitutes currently on the market. Big.
In addition, although paper straws and PLA straws solve the irreversible damage of plastic straws to the environment, they have distinct advantages and disadvantages under the existing technical conditions.
The biggest problem with paper straws is the poor user experience. If you often use the paper straws provided by milk tea shops and coffee shops, you will find that the straws will soften after a while, which may even affect the taste of the drink itself.
The sense of experience has also become an obstacle for consumers to choose paper straws. If you go to the physical milk tea shop to observe in the store, you will find that if paper straws and plastic straws are placed on the counter at the same time, most people will still choose plastic. In the UK market, the paper straws provided by McDonald’s have also encountered a problem that they are not degradable: because consumers complained that the paper straws were too soft, McDonald’s had to thicken the paper straws, which caused the material to be degradable, but the straws were too thick to be used. Recyclers recycle.
At present, consumers mainly report the poor experience of using paper straws, which are easy to break when wet and are not conducive to smoking. In response to this problem, we have developed a straw that can replace paper straws and use environmentally friendly degradable materials. For more product information, click here to learn: Compostable PLA Straws.