Bamboo straws: Danger of germ formation and unhygienic overall

Something called capillary force makes water rise up to 100 meters from the plants' roots. This is precisely why beverages are drawn deep into the fibers of bamboo drinking straws and stay there even after cleaning. Beverage residues can't be removed from the depth of the fibers manually using a brush or with a dishwasher.

This not only leads to the straws discoloring, but also to germs and bacteria forming after just a few days. This makes reusing them—especially in the catering industry—almost irresponsible. Bamboo straws are therefore not HACCP-compliant and strictly speaking cannot be used in catering establishments.

Plus, producing bamboo straws does not have a good ecological footprint. The need for cultivation areas, irrigation, and the use of chemicals such as pesticides contribute to this. Other environmental impacts include soil erosion and a loss of biodiversity.

The high outlay for mechanical processing and subsequent cleaning, as well as longer transportation distances, also lead to environmental deficits.

Plus, due to its closed geometry, the water in the dishwasher can only penetrate up to 4–5 cm inside bamboo drinking straws. For this reason they can only be cleaned by hand using a brush, usually supplied with them, but this is of little use practically and is not possible for the high-speed business of catering.

Advantages:

  • Reusable
  • Natural material
  • Disposal with biowaste

Disadvantages:

  • Not suitable for the dishwasher
  • Risk of germs forming and contamination from pesticides
  • Cleanliness cannot be checked visually.
  • Can be contaminated with pesticides under certain circumstances
  • Unsightly discoloring
  • Not tasteless; strong taste of bamboo
  • Can't be used in catering
  • Not recyclable

Balance:

Mother Nature doesn't always know best.

The better alternative:

Sliderstraw

Hygienic and environmentally friendly solution

A reusable drinking straw that can be opened up, cleaned hygienically in the dishwasher, and reused almost indefinitely: SLIDERSTRAW can also be used in catering, has no intrinsic taste, looks great, and is suitable for both hot and cold drinks.

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