As people move farther and farther away from plastic straws, many alternatives have popped up. One popular option has been the silicone straw.
With its flexibility, durability, and lack of BPA, it’s not surprising that it has become a national hit. But there is one question that plagues the minds of environment lovers everywhere: do silicone straws break down?
Well, that’s what we’re going to answer today.
Do silicone straws break down?
While silicone straws don’t biodegrade, they can break down in the environment. Under the right conditions, they break down to release silica, water vapor, and carbon dioxide, all of which are harmless substances. Though this only happens under super hot and extremely saline conditions.
Are silicone straws safe?
Since silicone straws don’t release any harmful substances and can withstand high temperatures, so they are safe to use. What’s more? Silicone doesn’t pose any danger to wildlife or aquatic life either.
Even Health Canada has confirmed that there is no danger associated with using silicone cookware.
However, it has to be noted that there hasn’t been much research into the health effects of silicone. As such, you should still be cautious when using silicone products.
Can silicone straws be recycled?
Yes, silicone straws can be recycled, and there is a high chance that your curbside recycling program accepts them. However, you should check with your local waste management authorities just to confirm. In the off case that they don’t accept them, you could have to personally take them to the recycling facility.
What are the best alternatives for silicone straws?
If you’re not comfortable using silicone straws, you still have a variety of safe options to choose from.
These straws are BPA-free, can withstand high temperatures, and don’t absorb any flavors. Moreover, they come in a variety of colors and designs, so you can choose what appeals to you most.
Stainless steel straws
If you are looking for something that looks cool, then stainless steel straws are just up your alley. Their aesthetic is out of this world and they are 100% recyclable. Moreover, they come in a variety of colors and designs. While some have a bent shape others have a straight slurper one.
There are two options in this category; bamboo and wheat straws. While the former is reusable, the latter is best employed as a single-use option. However, both are 100% biodegradable. There are a couple of things you should know before using bamboo straws though; they are not recyclable and can be difficult to clean.
In a nutshell
When it comes down to it, silicone straws, though not perfect, have a lot going in their favor. The fact that they can last a lifetime without leaching any chemicals is quite an accomplishment. And the cute cleaning brushes they come with are a bonus. So if you are into them, I say go for it. As long as you recycle them once you are done, I see no harm.