Reusable and Long Lasting
One of the top benefits of using bamboo drinking straws is that you can reuse them over and over. When properly cleaned and cared for, a bamboo drinking straw can last several years. I bought my first set a little over two years ago and they have shown no signs of wear and I use them daily.
In order to ensure the longevity of your bamboo straws, after hand washing, make sure to let them fully dry by laying them flat (not vertical) to prevent any water buildup at the bottom of the straw and always store them in a well-ventilated area. Avoid airtight containers or jars as this will cause potential moisture buildup inside the straws.
We also recommend polishing the outside of the straw with coconut oil about every 10 uses. You can also soak your straws in hot water and vinegar for a few minutes once a month to keep them in top condition.
Healthy and Chemical-Free
Plastic straws are made from the petroleum-derived chemical, polypropylene. The FDA determines this material is safe for food contact, but research evidence has shown that it can leak chemicals into liquids and potentially disrupt hormone levels – in particular, estrogen, which is the last thing I need changing in my body!
With hot beverages, the plastic can become heated and these toxic chemicals can leak out of your straw and contaminate your drink. Even small amounts of high acidity and UV light can break down these harmful compounds and infuse them into your drink. No thank you!
BPA (bisphenol A) can also be found in hard plastics and at higher levels has been linked to health problems. Most plastic generally contain fancy chemical additives, that can build up in the body and potentially become carcinogenic over time. Phthalates may also impair immune function and promote early onset puberty, obesity, diabetes and hyperactivity. As a parent, these are all things I want to protect my children from.
The goods news is that bamboo fibers have natural antimicrobial properties meaning they are less likely to harbor bacteria over time and be more resistant to spoiling or rotting over time. Bamboo is also grown chemical-free, not requiring the need for chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
An Eco-Friendly and Renewable Resource
Bamboo is a super plant! Famously known as one of the world’s most renewable material, it is the fastest growing plant in the world being able to grow up to three feet a day. Bamboo requires no pesticides, and little water- especially compared to other crops such as cotton.
When bamboo is harvested, the plant easily regenerates itself. Bamboo does its job for the environment by offering 35% more oxygen than trees and actually helps absorb CO2 from the atmosphere.