Drinking straw comparison for gastronomy

April 14, 2020 8 min read

DRINKING STALL COMPARISON FOR GASTRONOMY


 

There are now many different alternatives to plastic drinking straws: Disposable and reusable, from paper to bamboo to glass . But what is actually best for your bar, restaurant, café or hotel?

Choosing here can be tough, that's why we have all important criteria in the field of gastronomy brought together so that you can make the best choice.


In the market one can find more and more alternatives to the environmentally harmful and soon to be banned plastic drinking straw . Some of them are much more sustainable than the plastic version, such as edible drinking straws made from fruit fibers. However, there are numerous other arguments against this alternative in terms of use in the catering industry . Other variants are paper, pasta or straw. However, all disposable straws have various disadvantages in common:

  • They are not tasteless
  • They become soft and often dissolve in the drink after a while
  • They are usually not suitable for hot drinks
  • They have to be produced in large quantities, which results in high resource consumption
  • They create a lot of rubbish

Plus, they're all very expensive in the long run!


A restaurateur is required in our calculation example 200 drinking straws a day , Has Open 25 days a month , For 12 months . He has about 100 seats . He therefore needs 60,000 drinking straws a year .


Disposable straw costs

material Cost per piece Cost per day costs per year

paper

0.03€

6.00€

1,800.00€

plastic

0.01€

2.00€

600.00€

straw

0.07€

14.00€

4,200.00€

noodle

0.02€

4.00€

1,200.00€

Fruit fiber

0.09€

18.00€

5,400.00€

Sugar cane

0.01€

2.00€

600.00€


What are the advantages and disadvantages of reusable straws?

There are numerous alternatives that can be used more than once, how Bamboo, silicone or stainless steel. Since it has been shown above that Disposable drinking straws are not a sensible alternative for restaurateurs we want to go into more detail about reusable drinking straws.


bamboo

Bamboo straws are relative robust and stable . You are one very environmentally friendly variant compared to materials such as silicone and plastic . Bamboo is a fast-growing raw material that is also compostable is. Nevertheless, it is not infinitely available and this resource should therefore also be used with care . In addition, bamboo has to be transported from Asian countries to Germany, whereby this Long transport routes are not good for the environment is. Because of their naturalness, bamboo straws are initially harmless to health and do not contain chemical substances such as BPA. However, it is Despite all this, hygiene cannot be guaranteedn , as the drinking straws cannot be cleaned while hot. During the rinsing process they can become deformed and in the long run absorb fluids and bacteria . Hence her Very limited shelf life. However, bamboo straws are out of the question for gastronomy:

Since they are not HACCP-compliant, they may not be used in the catering sector.


Advantages of bamboo:

  • Shatterproof
  • Reusable for a certain period of time
  • Compostable

Cons of bamboo :

  • Not tasteless
  • Not transparent, cleanliness is not evident
  • Not hygienic
  • Can be used for a maximum of 6 months
  • Dishwasher safe only to a limited extent
  • Not HACCP compliant

silicone

Silicone straws are flexible, soft and unbreakable . They are an alternative that is not widely used in the hospitality industry. The material may, for example, be aesthetic due to its color and a pleasant feeling in the mouth convey. However, it has its Weaknesses in the frequent use as a drinking straw . Use can do that quite expensive even though reusability is advertised. You could theoretically clean them in the dishwasher and then reuse them. The problem in practice is that Customers chew on the silicone, which can leave tooth marks on the straws and is therefore not perceived as very pleasant in the eyes of other customers. You a Also quickly absorb the colors of the drinks, which can lead to stains . The straws must therefore be constantly replaced as they wear out over time. In addition, they charge electrically and quickly attract dust.

Hygiene is also an important factor. Who wants to drink from a straw next to Dental prints and stains are not clean inside either?

Silicone straws can also be hazardous to health, because volatile residues of the so-called siloxanes that make up the silicone can dissolve when heated .


Advantages of silicone:

  • Pleasant mouthfeel
  • Attractive design
  • Shatterproof, foldable
  • Doesn't float in the glass
  • Dishwasher safe

Disadvantages of silicone :

  • May contain traces of BPA and siloxanes
  • Not tasteless
  • Not transparent, cleanliness is not evident
  • Not hygienic
  • Not environmentally friendly
  • Not sustainable
  • Vigorous suction necessary
  • Chewing marks and stains
  • Expensive due to rapid wear and tear

metal

Probably the biggest advantage of metal drinking straws is theirs Longevity and break resistance . Besides, they are BPA-free and mostly dishwasher-safe . However, metal drinking straws are not tasteless, as they usually have a metallic aftertaste . This creates a taste-changing interaction between the drink and the metal drinking straw. The SC harsh edges make the mouth feel uncomfortable and can lead to injuries to teeth and palate . Further metal conducts heat, which means that metal drinking straws heat up particularly quickly when used in hot drinks which in turn can attempt burns. Hygiene plays an extremely important role in gastronomy, which is why lack of transparency the metal drinking straws pose a major problem Customers cannot tell whether the metal drinking straw inside is really clean which discourages them from actually using it.


Advantages of metal:

  • Reusable
  • Dishwasher safe
  • BPA free
  • Shatterproof

Disadvantages of metal :

  • Not tasteless
  • Not transparent, cleanliness is not evident
  • Sharp edged
  • Quickly conducts heat
  • Recycling only possible at special recycling centers
  • Uncomfortable mouthfeel

Glass

Glass drinking straws can be the most sustainable and best alternative to plastic straws and other alternatives for gastronomy, if the right glass is used . Because glass is the only material that absolute taste neutrality guaranteed. The taste is thus not contaminated and there is no interaction between the drinking straw and the drink. This creates the best taste experience for the customer. Reusable glass drinking straws are also harmless to health as they are dishwasher-safe and therefore heat-resistant . The smooth surface and the transparency of the drinking straws make them most hygienic option . The glass drinking straws are cleaned As usual, simply in the cutlery basket of the glass or dishwasher . In addition, the customer can see for himself that the drinking straw is clean , creating an absolutely positive drinking experience.


Advantages of glass:

  • Reusable
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Unflavoured
  • Hygienic
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Heavy metals, lead and BPA free
  • Recyclable
  • Engravable
  • In the long run inexpensive

Disadvantages of glass:

  • Not 100 shatterproofr
  • In contrast to HALM glass, not every type of glass is 100 recyclabler

How expensive are they?

A restaurateur in our calculation example also has 100 seats , and has Open for 12 months . Hence he needs at the same time only a maximum of 100 drinking straws , but has If you buy 200 drinking straws, you have enough buffer while the remaining straws are cleaned . He therefore needs theoretically 200 drinking straws a year .

Unfortunately, restaurateurs know this too well: Whether salt shakers, glasses or cutlery– after a few months, one or the other object disappears . As with other catering equipment, you should use one for reusable products such as drinking straws Take into account the monthly shrinkage rate . With our restaurateurs this is in Average of 5 per month, which means around 10 drinking straws per montht .

 


Reusable straw costs

material Cost / piece durability Total costs / 1st year Shrinkage costs / month Shrinkage costs / year Total costs / year with loss

metal

0.76€

at least 1-2 years

152.50€

7.60€

91.20€

243.70€

silicone

0.49€

3-6 months

196.00-392.00€

4.90€

58.80€

254.80-450.800€

0.69€

at least 1-2 years

138.00€

6.90€

82.80€

220.80€

 

It can be clearly seen that Reusable drinking straws have a massive price advantage compared to single-use alternatives , despite higher one-time costs and possible shrinkage. By using reusable drinking straws, you save 1,000-3,000 a year compared to disposable alternativesn .

But the reusable alternatives also differ in terms of their shelf life. Due to its limited durability, silicone has the disadvantage of metal and glass. If you compare metal and glass directly with each other, it is noticeable that the advantages of glass outweigh this, as it is tasteless and transparent . The only advantage of metal over glass is its higher breaking strength. The perfect drinking straw for gastronomy is therefore a glass drinking straw that is nonetheless highly resistant to breakage. In the following, we want to take a closer look at the quality aspect of glass drinking straws.

What makes high-quality glass drinking straws

Not all glass is the same and there are serious differences in quality . The Stability, and thus resistance to breakage, strongly depends on the glass used . Therefore, when choosing glass drinking straws, attention should be paid to high quality, pure glass. Glass drinking straws are only safe if they are made from the right material and professionally processed . Poorly processed glass drinking straws harbor dangers: The mouthpiece can splinter or the drinking straws break during the rinsing process due to residual stress.

The quality of the glass is also crucial for the recycling process, should a drinking straw break. Because not every glass can be fullndig recybe celt. There are many glass drinking straws made of borosilicate glass that are not recyclable and therefore cannot be disposed of in the waste glass container .It is then simply hazardous waste that has to be disposed of in the black bin.There can be no talk of sustainability here. In order to be able to add glass back into the cycle, it has to be made of the right material.

For these reasons HALM produces its stable and high quality100 high quality glass in Germanyd. This is the only way we can have full control over the manufacturing process. Our HACCP-compliant drinking straws are made of thick-walled glass, 100 of which is recyclable. The result: At HALM you get the most stable, noblest and most sustainable glass drinking straw on the market..


The comparison in a nutshell

material Costs 1st year Annual savings with HALM

paper

1,800.00€

1,579.20€

plastic

600.00€

379.20€

straw

4,200.00€

3,979.20€

noodle

1,200.00€

979.20€

Fruit fiber

5,400.00€

5,179.20€

metal

152.50€

22.90€

silicone

254.80€

34.00€

HALM drinking straws

220.80€

34.00€

Disposable drinking straws do very badly for financial reasons. Reusable drinking straws can save you at least 1,000 per year.

Reusable drinking straws have similar price levels. So the decisive question is which material is most suitable in terms of quality.


criteria HALM glass paper plastic straw noodle fruit bamboo metal silicone

Neutral taste

Reusability

Pleasant drinking sensation

Customer acceptance

hygiene

environmental friendliness

Long-term costs

Low

High

High

High

High

High

medium

Low

Low


Yes

partially

No


Conclusion

There are many different alternatives on the market and one should generally prefer the sustainable variants over plastic .Disposable items are not an option due to their constant consumption of resources.You cut out of the shortlist because Disposable straws are up to 5,000 per year more expensive than reusable alternativesn .

Reusable drinking straws also often have hygienic and taste disadvantages: The cleanliness of metal, bamboo or silicone straws cannot be recognized immediately. Metal conducts heat, silicone attracts dust and bamboo wood absorbs water and bacteria and is not HACCP-compliant .

 

 

For the gastronomy are therefore Glass drinking straws the best solution, provided they are of good quality, i.e. stable and recyclable . they are tasteless, do not conduct heat and are very easy to clean in the dishwasher. Their transparency also makes them elegant and aesthetic .

Have we convinced you? Then feel free to test our drinking straws!!



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