While visiting a restaurant in Denver I ordered a drink and was excited when I read the side of the paper that surrounded the straw. It said Eco-Friendly on the side.
So while doing some research on the internet about drinking straws I found this article from the Soft Landing blog that gave a little info on plastic straws.
The first plastic straws were made using polystyrene (#6), but now polypropylene (#5) or polyethylene (#2) is favored over polystyrene, because polystyrene is brittle and tends to crack easily(just like the famous red Solo-type cups).
The good news: most of the current straws are made from either #2 or #5 plastic, the concern about toxic chemical exposure is low.
The bad news: environmentally speaking both #2 and #5 plastics are recyclable, but most people don’t recycle and McDondald’s alone served over 50 million meals in 2008! Can you imagine the sheer number of straws laying in the landfill?
Below are a list of Eco-Friendly options –
4. Glass Straws