At an age when environmental protection has entered the mainstream, you will probably be heavily criticized for confessing your love for using plastic straws. For this reason, I have never dared to admit this. It is not that I have never thought about getting myself accustomed to using stainless steel straws. However, after trying those, I have found that you cannot bite and chew on them after all, unlike their plastic counterparts. What is more, metal, which is hard and icy to the touch, can hardly compare to the soft and elastic texture of plastic. It was not until recently, when I discovered the “paper straws” made by Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten, that I had spotted a possible chance to redeem my sins.
Having been nominated for the Third LOHAS DESIGN Award in Japan, this package of thirty “paper straws” from Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten’s is made of recycled paper in the down-to-earth color of brown, taking into consideration not only the reduction of carbon emission, but also the unity of the package and its content so as to create a sense of harmony and comfort. The use of paper to make straws is made possible by the process of wax coating, which provides it a certain degree of water resistance. In addition, the product does not release toxic gas when burnt, and the paper itself is also fully biodegradable. Armed with this straw, you can drink with peace of mind.
If you come to think of it more carefully, it only takes you at most half an hour to finish a drink, but it will take decades or hundreds of years for a plastic straw to biodegrade. It just does not add up at all. If you, like me, cannot bring yourself to make do with stainless steel straws, then perhaps Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten’s paper straws will present a great opportunity for you to redeem your sins by good deeds.
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