Agave Straws: An Environmental Help

Agave Straws: An Environmental Help

About 8.3 billion plastic straws pollute the world’s beaches. Turtles, seabirds and other wildlife die each year from complications directly related to plastic consumption. At Partners we are aware of the little things that add up to make a large negative impact on the environment.

Our cafes use sustainable agave-based straws. Made from upcycled materials, reducing the need for virgin raw material consumption that paper and wood alternatives require. They provide a durable plastic alternative that is biodegradable. Agave straws are consumed by microorganisms and will fully biodegrade in between 1-5 years in normal landfilled conditions, whereas the biodegradation of plastic straws is about 800-1400 years.

Researchers have found a way to use agave fibers to replace about 30% of the plastic in straws. Add some biodegradation-promoting additives, and you have an eco-friendly straw that decomposes 200 times faster than a plastic straw! Agave straws feel like plastic in your mouth only with a bit of texture from the agave fibers. The upside of this is that they won’t get soggy like paper straws and they can also be reused. They are a natural brownish color, and you can see a few darker specks of agave fiber in them.


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