Common Questions About Metal Straws
Why do I need to swap to eco-friendly straws?
Reusable straws are an easy way to cut down on plastic pollution. With the purchase of stainless steel straws or other reusable versions, an establishment can immediately reduce the total amount of plastic trash they discard. Plastics can take hundreds of years to biodegrade and humanity produces a massive amount of plastic waste every year. Studies estimate that by 2050 the ocean will hold more plastic than fish by weight. Swapping out plastic straws for reusable straws won't solve that problem, but reducing plastic consumption is a step in the right direction that must be taken if the problem is to be solved.
What other benefits do reusable straws offer?
Eco-friendly straws give your drinks a unique look that can be more appetizing than a standard plastic straw. KaTom carries straws in a variety of colors, primarily copper, gold, stainless steel, and black, most commonly made from stainless steel to ensure longevity. Stainless steel straws offer an elegant aesthetic to classy cocktails, but they also improve the look of a glass of water or soda, in the same way metal flatware gives a more professional look than plastic flatware. These metallic straws will be a larger investment than cheap plastic straws – which is why plastic pollution is such a problem. But, once you've purchased a set of metallic straws, you won't have to buy them again for a long time. They also give your establishment a selling point to show environmentally conscious customers you care.
How do I maintain metal straws?
Most metallic straws can be treated the same way you would treat other metal flatware, but consult your local health department before adding these straws to your business. Switching away from plastic straws might require a bit of research, but you won't have to worry about them once the change is made. For private use, most of these straws are dishwasher safe and easy to keep clean. Simply add the straw to your existing cleaning regimen.
Are there regulatory concerns for metallic straws?
Some parts of the country have started to ban the use of plastic straws in different ways. It is possible other local governments will follow their lead and discourage the use of plastic drinking straws. For the moment, swapping to these green options is voluntary.
Before switching, you should contact your local health department and inquire about any special regulations regarding metal drinking straws, though many restaurants and other establishments have already swapped over with no issues. Consider purchasing straws that are dishwasher safe so you can add them to your other metal flatware cleaning processes.