The Beginning of the Plastic Evil
As beautiful, sustainable, and biodegradable as the history of bio straws began, it unfortunately didn't stay that way. Shortly after World War II, while America saw the rise of modern fast-food restaurants, plastic straws entered the scene and were packaged and produced in large quantities.
With their vibrant colors and liquid-resistant material, it's not surprising that this form of straw spread like wildfire and displaced the paper straw from the market.
The consequence? We have a worldwide problem with plastic. Colorful waste is scattered and floating everywhere. Straws, along with other items, unfortunately constitute a significant portion of it. Moreover, the size of straws often leads to animals swallowing them whole. All in all, it's not surprising that since the beginning of 2021, the EU has banned the sale of straws made from non-renewable resources (more information in our guide article), which has led many restaurateurs to look for sustainable disposable straws for the first time.