Support the environment with our natural 6mm individually wrapped BioStraws. Made from plant-based PLA, a corn starch derivative that is 100% biodegradable and compostable in an industrial composter.
BioStraw Natural Wrapped 6mm – Buy Eco-Friendly Straws
R31.05 – R621.00
- Individually Wrapped Natural BioStraws
- Certified 100% Biodegradable
- Fully Compostable
- 100% Plant Based/Plastic-Free
- Made From PLA
- See certification here
- Individually Wrapped Natural BioStraws 6mm
- Available in sleeves of 100 or boxes of 2000
1. Bio-based plastics are more sustainable than petroleum-based polymers.
Our bioplastic products are made from renewable plant-based resources like sugar cane, cornstarch and wheat. In the U.S. alone, 200 000 barrels of oil are used daily to make plastic, which could be eliminated by using sustainable bio-plastic.
2. The manufacturing of bio-based plastic like PLA is more fuel-efficient than oil-based plastic.
PLA requires 65% less energy to make than its petroleum-based counterpart.
3. The correct treatment of a bio-based plastic at the end of its life cycle is crucial.
The last thing we want to see is people littering their bioplastic products, mistakenly thinking it will biodegrade. Bio-based plastics like PLA require commercial composting facilities to break down. Although a product may be biodegradable or compostable does not mean that it will degrade in the environment. Biodegradable products require the correct conditions of heat, water and light to degrade. That’s why we recommend finding a good waste removal service with an industrial composter.
4. Biodegradable plastic products produce 68% less greenhouse gas emissions than oil-based plastic products.
Biodegradables produce less pollution when manufactured and break down into organic components, which are safe for our water and air.
5. Biodegradable does not necessarily mean compostable.
Biodegradable plastics are made from the same material as petroleum-based plastic with additional chemicals that cause it to break down quicker. However, some biodegradable plastics fragment without disintegrating completely and can pollute the soil, air and waterways, as well as pose a risk to animals. They cannot be recycled. On the other hand, compostable bio-based plastics like the PLA we use in many of our products are made from plant-based sources and break down into organic components that do not leave toxic residues.
6. Composting bio-based plastic can turn trash into rich, humic material.
We love that trash can be good for the soil! This can improve water and nutrient retention and help grow healthier plants with less need for chemical fertilizers.
1. What does ‘compostable’ mean?
‘Compostable’ means that a material can disintegrate and leave no trace of toxicity. Although biodegradables break down, compostables return to and even nourish the soil.
Compostable materials are certified according to the European standards EN 13432 (packaging) and EN 14995 (products) and is composted in industrial plants. But it’s important to understand that compostability or biodegradability does not automatically mean that a product will degrade in any environment. And in most cases biodegradable plastics will only degrade in industrial composting plants under specific conditions.
Factors like temperature, time, humidity and the presence of bacteria and fungi determine how well a material degrades. These factors can be controlled only in industrial composting plants. Nevertheless some products might be suitable for home composting. For example, our sugar cane and paper products (that are not lined with plastic or PLA) have successfully degraded in home composters. However, materials like PLA require an industrial composting facility for proper disposal.
1. PLA – Polylactic Acid
PLA is a polyester synthesized from lactic acid or lactide monomers, which are produced by the fermentation of crops like corn, wheat, beet, potatoes, sugar cane and tapioca.
2. What is it used for?
Most PLA packaging produced is rigid and is used in cups and trays, although flexible packaging is also becoming available (straws, bags etc).
With applications somewhere between that of PET and polystyrene, PLA is an earth-friendly, non-toxic option for cold food containers, smoothie cups and straws. PLA can also be crystallized to form harder versions for applications such as coffee cup lids and PLA utensils.
3. How to dispose of it
We highly recommend getting in touch with a waste removal service with an industrial composting facility. Although PLA is both biodegradable and compostable, it is generally not suitable for home composting. Under industrial composting conditions, PLA can take 3-4 months to be composted.
It’s also important to remember that PLA plastics are not marine degradable, nor are they recyclable. In fact, if thrown out with recycling, PLA can be extremely problematic in contaminating the recycling stream. Please dispose of your PLA products appropriately.
1. What is CPLA?
Biodegradable CPLA is a mixture of lactide (made by fermenting cornstarch, cheese whey, etc.) and aliphatic polyesters (e.g dicarboxylic acid or glycol made from fermentation of glycerol). It can be either a hard plastic or a soft flexible one depending on the amount of aliphatic polyester present in the mixture. All are renewable resources.
2. What is it used for?
At Cape Cup we use CPLA in our eco-friendly cutlery, coffee cup lids and several food containers. Other applications include compost bags, cushioning materials, food wrapping materials, fishing nets, etc. It is easy to process with stability up to 200 °C.
3. How to dispose of it
If incinerated, no toxic substances are generated. The heating value and carbon dioxide generated during combustion are lower, by almost half the level, of that generated by PE or PS.
Although CPLA has a high molecular weight and high melting-point, it begins breaking down into a low-molecular weight polymer, in natural environments, after 5-6 months. Complete decomposition after 12 months. When composted with food garbage, it begins breaking down into a low-molecular weight after 2 weeks.
Pack (1 unit), Sleeve (20 units)