If phade® straws sound too good to be true, that’s probably because other alternatives come up short.
Some bio-based straw alternatives, like PLA, can only be composted in industrial compostable facilities (NOTE: if a straws wrapper says “100% compostable”, it usually means it is only industrial compostable), and there are only 185 industrial compostable facilities in the entire US. Paper straws, while sustainable, actually have a number of challenges. Most paper straws don’t hold up well in usage conditions, so they don’t meet the performance expectations of the end user, but more importantly, many of these straws contain the dreaded PFAS or “forever” chemicals and or non-biodegradable adhesives which raises the question of how biodegradable they really are, and how harmful they can be to the end user.
phade® straws can break down in nearly any natural environment that has the presence of bacteria because they’re made from PHA, or polyhydroxyakanoate. PHA is a naturally occurring biopolymer that comes from the fermentation of canola oil, so bacteria will consume and break it down anywhere they are present. It sounds fancy, but it’s really just sustainable science.