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Why grass straws are better than hay, plastic, and paper

eightysix Grass vs Bamboo, Glass, or Metal

Bamboo, glass, and metal straws require a high level of maintenance in addition to posing potential liabilities for food service establishments. They are regularly stolen, they easily harbor bacteria and mold because they are so difficult to clean, and any breakage or damage from normal wear and tear can potentially harm the user.

eightysix Grass vs Wheat

Generally speaking wheat straws are too narrow to properly enjoy a drink unless you use two, are not functional enough to drink a frozen, and if you’re behind the bar, they’re too fragile to stir a drink. While being natural by-product of wheat production can definitely be seen as a positive, large-scale industrial grain farming ravages eco-systems through the use of heavy pesticides and fertilizers among many other environmental issues.

eightysix Grass vs Paper

As everyone knows, paper tastes terrible and can only be used for a very short period of time because it dissolves so quickly. It also requires fresh raw tree resources and is manufactured with toxic glues, coatings and colors which prevent it from being recycled or composted. We’re all about saving the turtles, but it shouldn’t have to come at the expense of our forests (or our taste-buds).

eightysix Grass vs Bioplastics

Bioplastics require vast amounts of farmland and plant material to be produced, don’t break down unless in increasingly specific compost environments, and should they actually make it into the said environments (which is rare), they make soil and water more acidic, potentially polluting both land and ocean.

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