Rice straws are a recent and truly innovative solution to the challenge of replacing single-use plastic drinking straws. They are made from edible ingredients and tick all the sustainability boxes. After use, they rapidly biodegrade into their food component parts (rice flour and tapioca starch) and as such they have the advantage of qualifying for a 100% BC provincial tax exemption.
They can be put into municipal composting programs or composted at home, heck they could even be eaten! One creative company is even collecting them and using them as fish food!
The straws are made in a clean facility and heat sterilized before being individually wrapped in paper. They outperform paper and biodegradable plastic straws not only in their green credentials but also because they can be used for hot food (unlike biodegradable plastic) and will not degrade during use (unlike paper).
Made in Vietnam from rice flour and tapioca starch, colored using vegetable dyes
Single use, compostable
Sterilized, made in FDA registered facility
Individually wrapped in paper
Packed in approximately 50 wrapped straws per box or 1600 per carton
Can be used for hot or cold drinks
Diameter 6-8mm, length 200-220mm
As rice straws are made from edible products, they are exempt from the 7% provincial sales tax in BC. They are the only straw to qualify for this exemption
A superior alternative to single use plastic straws
Many countries are moving towards implementing a single use plastics ban. Plastic straws are first on the list of items to be banned