Silicone Straws, Extra Long - 4 Pack
A handy reusable straw set in assorted colors! These 4 extra long sized (approximately 10.5") silicone straws are made of 100% European-grade silicone, and are BPA, BPS, phthalate, PVC, and lead free. Can be put in the dishwasher or boiled to clean. Each straw is 8 inches long, with an opening of 0.5 cm.
Is silicone better than plastic?? The short answer: YES. Think of it as a better plastic. It's not perfect, but it has benefits over most plastic that make it a reasonable choice for some items.
1). Lasts longer - silicone has a high resistance to temperature changes (can be boiled, baked, frozen) with no degradation so you can use each item much longer, and reduce your waste.
2). Safer - silicone doesn't react to foods or temperatures, so most studies show it doesn't leach into foods and our bodies.
3). Can be incinerated - when silicone is burned, it doesn't release toxic fumes like plastic.
4). Not biodegradable - which is bad, BUT it also means it doesn't break down into particles that harm ocean life. In that sense, it's much better than plastic.
5). Hygienic - silicone can be sterilized easily, over and over with no degradation.
Silicone is essentially a polymer made of silicon, which is derived from silica (sand, a non-renewable resource) that is heated and processed, unfortunately, with fossil-fuel derived chemicals. It really should be considered a better plastic.