What Material is the PLA Degradable Straw Made Of?

In the 21st century, the problem of white pollution has become increasingly prominent, and people have begun to realize that the convenience of plastic straws is not enough to offset the environmental pollution caused by them. Therefore, paper straws have become popular. However, the taste of paper straws has become an issue, and there is an urgent need for a new material to replace traditional non-degradable straws while also meeting the requirement of good taste. In this context, the PLA degradable disposable straw has attracted widespread attention.


The PLA biodegradable straw is made from a new type of bio-based and renewable biodegradable material.


This material is called PLA, also known as polylactic acid. It is made from renewable plant resources, such as starch, and is biodegradable. However, ordinary plastic straws are non-degradable. PLA polylactic acid straws are mainly made from starch, which is a natural biodegradable polymer. After being discarded, they can decompose into water and carbon dioxide in 45 days under composting conditions, without polluting the environment. In contrast, ordinary plastic straws, when discarded, will not automatically degrade and will have a certain level of environmental pollution. The appearance and performance of PLA biodegradable straws are similar to those of traditional polypropylene straws. The product has good glossiness, transparency, safety, hygiene, environmental protection, and biodegradability, with a shelf life of up to 12 months.


The PLA biodegradable straw is a straw made from PLA modified material


PLA is a new type of biodegradable material with good biodegradability. After use, it can be completely degraded by microorganisms in nature, ultimately generating carbon dioxide and water, without polluting the environment. Therefore, it is recognized as an environmentally friendly material. The PLA compostable straw has a taste similar to traditional plastic straws. Furthermore, the raw materials used are all biodegradable, and the final product, the straw itself, is also biodegradable. End customers have almost entirely replaced traditional plastic and paper straws with PLA straws, and many straw manufacturers have shifted to producing PLA biodegradable straws. The market potential for biodegradable straws made from PLA material is enormous.


The ban on non-degradable disposable plastic straws is only the beginning of various responses worldwide. More and more regions require shopping malls, supermarkets, pharmacies, and other places to ban the use of disposable plastic shopping bags. Food packaging, takeout services, and delivery service providers are no longer allowed to use non-degradable plastic bags. Under this large environment, the demand for PLA biodegradable disposable straws is rapidly growing, and their development has been listed in several national key scientific research projects. In the future, technological innovation will be the driving force for the development of PLA biodegradable plastics. This is because the polymerization technology has a long process, is technically complicated, and has varying factors. Large-scale batch production poses challenges.