are made from high-quality food grade natural cellulose paper. They have a specially formulated gluten-free binder and last four hours or more in a beverage. Additionally, they are affordably priced and always available. In the rush to get into the “paper straw market,” other companies often use low-quality paper and binders that contain gluten. And most only last 15 minutes in a beverage, are often higher-priced and frequently out of stock. More and more companies and cities are banning plastic straws, and for good reason. America uses 500 million plastic straws a day. Let that sink it. That’s 182.5 billion plastic straws a year. Even if those numbers are high, the reality is that plastic straws are clogging up our oceans and the harming our environment. Plastic is non-biodegradable and non-compostable. It lasts forever. Paper straws are a good first step in addressing this long term crisis that will impact our environment for generations to come.