While it is great that people are becoming more environmentally conscious and reduce the use of plastic straws, the great debate brewing is this: metal straws or bamboo straws? The interesting thing is there are pros and cons to both sides. Let’s take a look at each!
Pros and Cons of Bamboo Straws
Bamboo straws come from nature which means they are biodegradable. If that isn’t enough, no pesticide is needed to grow a bamboo plant.
Bamboo straws last 6 months to a year each.
Bamboo straws without coatings (typically the coatings are beeswax) can have a grassy aftertaste (especially when left in hot water for an extended period of time). Be sure to get the bamboo straw with the coating to avoid this.
Bamboo straws are meant to be cleaned with a brush – although you could throw it in the dishwasher, washing by hand is better because you can clean it more thoroughly.
Bamboo straws can repel mold due to its natural bacteria-fighting properties.
Bamboo straws are best used with cold drinks. Hot drinks can break them down over time.
Pros and Cons of Metal Straws
Classy finish, mostly unbreakable, and metal straws are also rust-proof!
Metal straws can last for years – up to five years if you take care of it properly and keep it clean.
Metal straws don’t have any aftertaste.
Metal straws are incredibly easy to clean – just throw it in the dishwasher!
Metal straws, however, if not used rightly and consciously can hurt people. People have been known to chip their teeth on metal straws. And there has been the odd case or two of someone being accidentally impaled by them!
The energy used to create one metal straw produces carbon emissions equivalent to 150 plastic straws, according to an article here.
In summary, bamboo may be the way to go if you are truly looking to compliment and sustain the environment. Metal straws, while elegant looking, have a few more downsides than your typical bamboo straws. Call Aquasani today to get your free bamboo straw! (417) 881-4000
About Aquasani in Springfield, Mo.
Aquasani is an authorized dealer for Rainsoft, WaterLogic, & JavaSmart. Based in Springfield, Mo., and at Lake of the Ozarks / Osage Beach in Missouri, Aquasani services areas in the Ozarks including Osage Beach, Camndenton, Aurora and even Jefferson City. In essence, we service Mid-Missouri, Southwest Missouri, and Northwest Arkansas, and have been servicing these areas since 2004. We provide home water softener systems, drinking water filtration systems, whole house air purification systems, problem-solving water filtration systems for homes and offices, and we also offer a coffee service to businesses in these above-mentioned areas as well.
Aside from our purification systems, we also sell all-natural cleaning products and household items which are environmentally friendly and low-cost.
The coffee service business is simple: an office purchases coffee from us, and we provide the coffee maker/dispenser (including Keurig coffee makers), deliver the coffee to the office as often as needed, and we even clean the coffee makers monthly.
We specialize in water filtration and purification for both commercial businesses and residential homes. If that isn’t enough, we provide free trials for our coffee and water cooler services. If you would like a free estimate, schedule an appointment with us by calling (417) 881-4000 or fill out the form below and one of our Aquasani teammates will sort you out!