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 Post subject: Paper Straws poll
PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:23 pm 
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Hey all, kinda new here so, first off, Hello! I'll be at Ohana n the Lake and looking forward to participating in the booze, err fun.

I have been asked to recommend paper straw brands for a friend's cafe. I'm sure there's quite a few of you who have a favorite kind that you use on your tiki bar and/or at party's. So go, give me some favorites.

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 Post subject: Re: Paper Straws poll
PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:26 pm 
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Anything biodegradable with a bamboo pattern--check Etsy.


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 Post subject: Re: Paper Straws poll
PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:01 pm 
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kai ahe wrote:
Anything biodegradable with a bamboo pattern--check Etsy.


Looking for a reliable brand since this is a retail business. The cafe owner will be using many for to-go drinks.


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 Post subject: Re: Paper Straws poll
PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:59 am 
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You can find everything you need here: https://www.aardvarkstraws.com/products/

These straws hold up for 3 hours without becoming soggy.

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 Post subject: Re: Paper Straws poll
PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:53 am 
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I appreciate the environmentally conscious decision to not use plastic! That being said, I absolutely abhor using paper straws. Even more so when I am pacing my consumption. My wife has recently started carrying steel straws (in a bamboo carrying case) for us to use when eating/drinking out.

I wonder if that would be a solution for a restaurant? The packaging states that they are dishwasher safe.

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 Post subject: Re: Paper Straws poll
PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:20 pm 
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I absolutely abhor using paper straws.

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 Post subject: Re: Paper Straws poll
PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:40 pm 
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Stainless steel straws would be pretty pricey for the stated purpose, no? I far prefer plastic straws over paper ones myself, but they're killing the planet.


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 Post subject: Re: Paper Straws poll
PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:35 am 
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I can't stand those ice cold metal straws, especially the feeling when they hit your teeth.

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 Post subject: Re: Paper Straws poll
PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 12:07 pm 
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How about biodegradable/compostable plastic? I found THESE on Amazon but there were a bunch of other hits as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Paper Straws poll
PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:52 pm 
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I just prefer drinking out of the glass or mug, no straw. Who needs 'em?


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 Post subject: Re: Paper Straws poll
PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:08 am 
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leisure master wrote:
MattyJoe wrote:
I absolutely abhor using paper straws.

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Yup. Agreed

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 Post subject: Re: Paper Straws poll
PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:22 am 
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Personal Statement: why not?
We’ve been testing paper straws at Tiki Underground for the past 6 weeks, we purchased them through Amazon and they’ve worked better than expected. Thank you for the referral to Aardvark as it would significantly lower our cost per unit to buy them in bulk (currently 7-9 cents per straw).

The State of Ohio won’t allow us to wash external straws (stainless steel,bamboo, etc) but our customers are welcome to BYO.

Based on research we’ve done, plastic straws are less than .05% of the global problem, but we’re happy to help how we can....


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 Post subject: Re: Paper Straws poll
PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2018 6:46 pm 
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The chemistry is cool but a lot of compostable or biodegradable plastic really only works if you put it through a commercial composting facility and those are available in a very small number of places.

Right now the compostable straws seem way cheaper than the paper ones for some reason.
https://www.ecoproductsstore.com/compostable_straws.html

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 Post subject: Re: Paper Straws poll
PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:33 am 
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the mighty OZ wrote:
How about biodegradable/compostable plastic? I found THESE on Amazon but there were a bunch of other hits as well.

Don’t forget to use Amazon Smile to support the Fraternal Order of Moai if you purchase from Amazon!

OZ


Thanks for the heads up about Amazon Smile!

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 Post subject: Re: Paper Straws poll
PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:28 am 
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Personally, I have multiple steel straws I use and I love them. For those who don't like the feel, there's

Silicone straws
https://www.softystraws.com/

And even a nifty bamboo one for the tiki feels:
https://strawfree.org/shop/

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 Post subject: Re: Paper Straws poll
PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:51 pm 
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Complete with straw squeegee!

Which seems necessary, I am a bit skeptical of the ones that say they can just go in the dishwasher.

Once you start looking there are a million products.

https://thelastplasticstraw.org/resources/

https://www.thelaststraw.store/shop

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 Post subject: Re: Paper Straws poll
PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2018 12:22 pm 
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Well I’m in a quandary.

We have switched to Silicone and Stainless (with silicone tips) straws for our daily use. I’m phasing out the plastic straws and replacing them (eventually) with paper straws for meetings and parties. What to do with the old plastic (one use stuff) though? It seems to end up everywhere.

I’ve been doing some research on Plastics and their impact both seen and unseen. This article caught my attention today about How do you count Microplastics?.

What is the solution to my disposal problem? It seems to be a Catch-22: Most recyclers wont take plastic straws (they seperate them and send them to a landfill) and throwing them into the garbage results in them being put into landfills too. Nothing I’ve read says they can be safely burned for energy either.

Frankly I don’t know and am open to suggestions.
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 Post subject: Re: Paper Straws poll
PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 6:24 pm 
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I'd rather use paper straws over steel straws. Especially with tiki drinks where a lot of matter can get stuck in there, meaning each requires a good clean with a straw squeegee afterwards. And as someone else said, I also don't like the cold steel on my teeth.


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 Post subject: Re: Paper Straws poll
PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:29 pm 
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Personal Statement: Conch ceviche.
The dining hall on campus is randomly selling these...

https://www.amazon.com/RTIC-Stainless-Steel-Straws-Pack/dp/B01KKWW0GE

.... for less than Amazon so that’s nice. The cleaning tool is cute and works well.

Anyway I bought a pack for science.

But the bottom line here is that they are way too big. Won’t fit through the lids of tiki mugs that have them. Suck up crashed ice. Not what we are used to here at home where we use sip straws and collins straws.

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 Post subject: Re: Paper Straws poll
PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 12:31 pm 
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i'm just planning on 3D printing some ghost straws.

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 Post subject: Re: Paper Straws poll
PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:04 am 
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I just learned that my local tiki bar, Jungle Bird in Sacramento, uses rice based straws. I didn't even know, they are clear and work as well as plastic straws. I would check those out.


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 Post subject: Re: Paper Straws poll
PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:37 am 
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leisure master wrote:
MattyJoe wrote:
I absolutely abhor using paper straws.

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Yup.

In fact, I use plastic straws that have been made from baby seals.
Baby seals that stole land from indigenous pandas.
Pandas that used to do nothing except drive Hummers and burn styrofoam in the rainforest.

Why?
Because fuck paper straws, that's why.

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 Post subject: Re: Paper Straws poll
PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2018 11:54 am 
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When you outlaw plastic straws, only outlaws will have plastic straws.

Some mega millionaire paper straw mogul bought political clout to write regulations to benefit them and hurt their competition. Perhaps it was Amazon, realizing the plastic straw supply chain was established and had significant barriers to entry, who backed legislation to outlaw plastic straws knowing the majority of straw sales would migrate to them as traditional straw peddlers lacked manufacturing sources.

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 Post subject: Re: Paper Straws poll
PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2018 12:21 pm 
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I'm going to use a plastic straw to drink moonshine out of a plastic bag.

Because last time I checked, this was America.

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 Post subject: Re: Paper Straws poll
PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2018 1:09 pm 
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Haven't tried them myself but these seaweed based straws look interesting... feel of plastic, edible, can be flavored to compliment cocktail and can be enriched with nutrients!

https://www.fastcompany.com/40502404/after-you-finish-your-drink-you-can-eat-this-new-edible-straw

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