What Is A Glass Straws? Are Glass Straws Dangerous?
Glass is a great human invention. However, naturally derived glass types have been in use since the Stone Age. They are produced in the wild from volcanic lava (magma). Primitive people used bottled stones to make extremely sharp knives.
The first production of glass that is still available is in Egypt around 2000 BC, when glass was used as a color glaze for ceramics and other items. In the 1st century BC the technique of blowing glass developed and things that were once rare and valuable have become commonplace. During the Roman Empire various types of glass were created, mainly jars and bottles. Glass was then green because iron impurities present in the sand were used to make it.
Glass is a hard and inactive material; it is a very useful material. A lot of household appliances are made of glass: cups, bowls, dishes, bottles, jars etc. be made of glass; beside that we have light bulbs, mirrors, computer monitors and televisions, windows.
In the laboratory to do experiments in chemistry, biology, physics and many other fields, people use neck cylinders, test tubes, prisms and many other instruments and equipment made of glass. Today, glass is also used to make a glass straw. First popularized in Germany, then widely spread around the world from 2017; to replace single use plastic straw.
Glass straws have the remarkable advantage of being completely free of harmful substances, and not affecting the taste of drinks. Therefore, customers prefer glass straws because they still feel the full flavor of coffee, milk tea; but safe, do not worry about micro plastic contamination, or high temperature plastic turns into poison like when using a single use plastic straw.
Glass straws are made from sand, silicon dioxide, sodium oxide, calcium oxide. These materials are machined at high temperatures to create a finished glass product.
How to make a glass straw?
The process of manufacturing glass with modern technology includes the following 7 steps:
Step 1: Prepare raw materials (raw materials, recycled glass and leather fillers)
Screening materials for glass making (mainly white sand). This is done extremely carefully and meticulously to achieve a beautiful product.
Step 2: Processing raw materials
The selected raw materials can be further processed (if necessary).
Step 3: Compose
Then the ingredients are mixed again into a single mixture. Mixing the semi-finished for saving cooking time
Step 4: Cook the glass
After being mixed, raw materials are cooked for 10 hours at a temperature of about 2000 degrees C. The cooking process makes all the materials melted and fused completely
Step 5: Quenching and shaping
The molten glass is quenched and tubular to the size required by the customer. This is an important step in ensuring the finished straw has the best quality.
Semi-finished straws are cut into tubes according to the length of customers required. The ends are then polished to ensure no harm is done to the user.
A glass straw can be straight or bending, for those orders that need a bending straw, the product needs to go through a bending process for easy use. Besides that, the glass straw can also be further decorated for more beauty. There are some suppliers who make by hand glass straws with unique decorative patterns for special requirements.
Step 6: Quality control
The finished glass straws are checked for defective products at QA step. This step eliminates the substandard products before ready to go the market
Step 7: Packing
Finally, the product is packaged and ready to go to market.
For consumer’s convenience, glass straws are often sold in sets that include glass straws of different diameter sizes: 6mm, 8mm, 12mm,… straight and curved straws. The supplier also added a specialized washing tool for customers.
Are Glass straws safe?
Using glass straws is safe not only for human health but also for the environment. When using a glass straw, you can reuse it many times.
The glass straw is a very beautiful and luxury, you can see the drink move inside the straw when using, it also brings a fun experience when enjoy drinking
However, as a Inox straws, glass straws have some disadvantage as: can damage teeth and gums, can cause burns when used with hot water; and you need remember some tips when using glass straws
- Be careful when using with hot water
- Do not bite the glass straw
- Children should not use
- Do not use when walking or running
How to use and storage
When finished using, you should wash the glass straws with a dedicated brush; dry and store the straw in a clean and dry place.
A glass straw is reusable within 6 – 12 months for a private person or family.
When going on a business trip, or traveling, you should keep straws in bags to avoid dust falling into the straws.
Price of glass straws
Nowadays, the price of glass straws is more than 20,000 VND/straws. That is a pretty high price, but you can reuse it many times if cleaned and stored properly. Therefore, in terms of cost, the glass straw is a highly economical solution.
It’s easy to find and buy glass straws, but you need to find reputable suppliers that are trusted by many customers to reduce risks and ensure glass is free of impurities or poisons harm were added in the production process.
Totally, the glass straws are good for replacing the plastic straws but it is not the best because it has some disadvantages such as: can make your teeth or your gums hurt, hard to use with hot drink, … Glass straws are more suitable for personal use than for Food and Beverage chains; because with Covid epidemic raging all over the world, consumers will also fear that the straws being used is real sterilization or not.
To find the best straws replace the single use plastic straws, you can find more environment protect straws as: rice straws, wheat straws, especially is grass straws because it was make from the “Lepironia articulata”, 100% natural and have the short plant to harvest. Using grass straws not only contributes to environmental protection but also helps improve the living standards of farmers.
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