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What is the difference between silicone straws and plastic straws?

The main difference between silicone straws and plastic straws is the three main aspects of recyclability, environmental issues, and health issues. At present, the world is facing the problem of plastic waste that is difficult to deal with. According to scientists, it will take hundreds of years for plastic straws to decompose if they are buried in the ground, and they will cause indelible damage to the environment. It is in such a bad situation that people are thinking about what kind of material can be used to replace plastic tubes or to avoid harm, so silicone straws gradually appear in people's field of vision. It is easy to decompose and can be recycled for secondary use. There is no harm to the environment. Of course, there are other materials that can be avoided. Let’s not talk about it here. Let’s analyze the advantages and disadvantages of silicone straws and plastic tubes.


1. Advantages of silicone straw: also known as food-grade silicone tube , it is a tube that can pass the FDA, and its safety performance is undoubtedly reliable. Let’s look at the environment again. Silicone straws are a substance extracted from silicon ore. Even if they are abandoned by people in the wilderness, they can still be dissolved and repolymerized into silicon ore. It will not affect the environment because the silicone straw itself is an environmentally friendly product. It is a product without adding plasticizer. At present, the international treatment of waste is divided into recycling, mainly to make full use of the performance of the product, and then the incineration method. The amount of smoke produced by the silicone straw is white ashes and white solid, both of which will not affect the environment. Finally, it is dumped into the ocean. The silicone straws can be food-grade and can be directly contacted without any problems, so marine life and animals will not have a major impact on them when they come into contact with food-grade silicone straws (it may be caught by the ocean. Biological animals eat by mistake and block the esophagus). Recycling, the silicone straw can withstand the range of -40~200°, how many degrees can the boiling water be? After use, it can be disinfected and sterilized for immediate secondary use.
          Disadvantages of silicone straws: Food-grade silicone straws are more difficult to make and have higher production costs. Although it is an environmentally friendly product, many businesses do not choose it for profit. The other is that it is inconvenient to carry. Silicone straws cannot be used as disposable straws because of their high cost. However, with the development of people's technology, various versions have been made to solve this problem. Among them, the best market effect is a Similar to the key bag, put each silicone straw in it and you can take it out when you need it, and put it in the bag when you don’t need it, which can solve the problem of inconvenient carrying.
The first generation of silicone straws: the production is relatively simple, divided into two types: straight silicone straws and curved silicone straws. The second generation of silicone straws: more precise, easy to carry, and more steps to use.   2. Advantages of plastic straws: the production process is very mature, and plastic products have been used by people for hundreds of years. Various strange shapes can be customized to meet customer needs. The production cost is low. Plastic straws are plastic products, which are chemical extracts. Due to the high market competition, the general price is slightly lower. During the development of plastics, modified plastics appeared, which made up for a lot of plastic itself after the original foundation. Inadequacies, but it is always the same. It must also add plasticizers.

  Plastic straws: fast production speed, mature product technology, and variable production processes

     Disadvantages of plastic straws: Plastic burning will produce dense black smoke, accompanied by a pungent smell. I believe everyone knows that these have an impact on the environment. In terms of safety, plastic straws have been used by people for many years and have been proven to have no major impact on the human body. Recycling and environmental issues are a very big hurdle for plastic straws, which are not conducive to recycling, cannot be burned, and landfill plastics are difficult to decompose and affect the environmental soil. The biggest problem is that they cannot be dumped into the sea, which will cause great harm to marine ecology and are easily destroyed by marine animals. Eating by mistake, because it is difficult to decompose, animals that eat plastic by mistake will inevitably die. Therefore, the World Environmental Protection Organization calls on countries to strictly control the generation of plastic waste. The UK is one of the first countries to propose a "plastic ban" .
    Plastic straws are a kind of plastic garbage, also known as white garbage, which is one of the pain points that are difficult to solve in the current society. Summary: The
important difference between silicone straws and plastic straws comes from the fact that people are aware of the sequelae of environmental hazards and are actively working hard. In the process of improvement, silicone straws are also seen everywhere in people's lives, hoping to be recognized by the mainstream market one day.