Rice drinking 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 an exemption from the BC provincial sales tax.
They can be put into municipal composting programs or composted at home, heck they could even be eaten! One creative company is collecting them and using them as fish food!
The straws are made in a clean, FDA registered 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, naturally compostable and 100% biodegradable
Made and sterilized in FDA registered facility
Individually wrapped in paper
Packed in approximately 50 wrapped straws per carton or 1600 per case
Can be used for hot or cold drinks
Diameter 6-8mm, length 200-220mm (8-8.5 inches)
As the straws are made from edible products, they are exempt from the 7% provincial sales tax in BC - the only straw to qualify for this exemption
A sustainable alternative to single use plastic straws
Canada will be banning single use plastic straws in 2021