Paper straws are yet another “green” disaster.
They contain a carcinogen called PFAS, which builds up in the body and is linked to multiple cancers.
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I think I speak for all of us when I say: “no one could have predicted this.”
Paper straws might not be the “eco-friendly” drinking tube they’ve been promoted to be: Belgian researchers found that these so-called “green” utensils are toxic and therefore potentially worse for the environment than their much-vilified plastic counterparts, according to a new study published in the journal Food Additives & Contaminants.
“Straws made from plant-based materials, such as paper and bamboo, are often advertised as being more sustainable and eco-friendly than those made from plastic,” Thimo Groffen, Ph.D., study author and an environmental scientist at the University of Antwerp, said in a statement. “However, the presence of PFAS [poly- and perfluoroalkyl-based substances known as “forever chemicals” because they last for a long time before breaking down] in these straws means that’s not necessarily true.”
What’s more, if you’ve ever used one of these straws, you know that they are… soggy. They are not hard like plastic, so these chemicals are dissolving more into your drink than the plastic would.
The new research comes following multiple initiatives enforced by numerous US cities, including New York, and restaurant chains to ban disposable plastic suckers comprised of polypropylene and polystyrene, which take hundreds of years to decompose and are linked to health problems from liver problems to birth defects.
“Their time has come and gone. I believe we should get rid of plastic straws,” NYC Mayor de Blasio said in 2018 after the City Council introduced a proposal to prohibit restaurants and bars from distributing plastic sippers.
Meanwhile, countries such as Belgium and the UK have already ditched these implements in favor of the supposed eco-conscious plant-based alternatives.
However, according to the new research paper, this is a total “strawman argument” — as these alleged environment-saving slushie siphons are potentially packed with more PFAS than the “evil” plastic version.
To deduce this a-straw-calyptic theory, researchers analyzed the PFA concentrations of 39 brands of drinking straws, which were comprised of five materials: paper, bamboo, glass, stainless steel, and plastic.
They found that paper straws were the most PFA-filled with a whopping 90% of paper straws containing the chemicals.
Meanwhile, bamboo straws — another highly touted green alternative — clocked in second with 80%, followed by 75% of plastic straws, 40% of glass straws, and none in steel straws.
By far the most prevalent PFA was perfluorooctanoic acid, which has been been banned globally since 2020. However, this substance is still manufactured in some countries and could be present in products bought by US consumers.
Also present were trifluoroacetic acid and trifluoromethanesulfonic acid, PFAS which easily dissolve in water, meaning they could potentially leach out of straws into beverages.
“The presence of PFAS in paper and bamboo straws shows they are not necessarily biodegradable,” warned Groffen.
The New York Post is so retarded. The “S” is not to pluralize “PFA” – it’s part of the acronym – “Polyfluoroalkyl Substances.” The “S” means “substance.” The acronym is already plural (or singular).
The best thing you can do for yourself is just stay away from everything that is industrially manufactured. Or rather, avoid it as much as humanly possible.