Q…Are your straws biodegradable?
Yes! Our paper SeaStraws biodegrade naturally. Because they are made with all natural materials, they will biodegrade in your home compost, backyard, and even the ocean. The purpose of our business is to decrease marine waste, so that if one of our straws makes its way into the ocean, it will not damage the environment like plastic straws do. Instead, it will biodegrade naturally!
We want to make an important distinction here. We do not use PLA in our straws whatsoever. PLA is a material typically made of cornstarch or sugar cane that creates "bioplastic." You may have seen these before, as they say they are "compostable" but look like they are plastic. However, these straws are not actually biodegradable or backyard compostable. In fact, Frederik Wurm - a German chemist at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research - stated that PLA straws are "the perfect example for greenwashing." Greenwashing means that a product seems like it is "green" or "eco-friendly," but instead it is not.
If we used PLA in our straws, they would not be naturally biodegradable. But because we only use a natural vegan wax, our paper straws are naturally biodegradable. This is an incredibly important distinction from our competitors when you think about the environmental impact of your straw choice.