What's the deal with PLA straws
Turtle Buddy compostable straws are made of PLA (aka polylactic acid) which is made from corn starch. Yes, the building block to a more sustainable straw is as close as your kitchen cabinet. On the short list of conventional plastic straw alternatives like bamboo, paper and stainless steel, PLA straws stand out for their durability, compostable quality and mouthfeel.
Why choose a PLA straw? The list is long. Here are a few reasons these bad boys stand to make it into drinks worldwide.
PLA is a great imitator of traditional plastic. Don’t take our word for it – do your own blind “straw test.” Turtle Buddy straws look and feel like traditional petroleum based plastic. But that’s where the similarities end. While traditional plastic straws clog our oceans and put sea life at risk, the Turtle Buddy variety are commercially compostable. Establishments that want patrons to sip with peace of mind can rest easy; the packaging of each Turtle Buddy straw identifies it as PCA.
Fewer fossil fuel resources are needed to produce PLA straws. Made of renewable, plant-based materials, Turtle Buddy straws take less than half of the fossil fuel resources to produce than conventional plastic.
You won’t get sick or chip a tooth with PLAs. Sure, those stainless steel straws look sleek and sophisticated – but they aren't compostable and require a brush to clean. And as anyone who absentmindedly chews her straw while she sips will tell you (ahem, one of our founders) a drink with a side of chipped tooth is not enjoyable.
Unlike many paper straws, PLAs do not disintegrate while you’re drinking. There’s nothing like a mushy paper straw to ruin your favorite smoothie. No one asks for ‘paper’ as a supplement. Can we get an Amen?
While PLA straws do require a specific commercial composting protocol for breakdown, they are a definite step in the right direction. It can take up to 500 years for a plastic straw to disintegrate. It’s time to choose alternatives like PLA and do what we should: protect our Earth.