Paper Drinking Straws may be Harmful and may not be Better for the Environment Than Plastic Versions

August 25, 2023 – Scientists from the University of Antwerp tested 39 brands of straws for poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). It showed that the majority of straws tested contained PFAS, and it was most common in straws made of paper and bamboo. PFAS are used to make everyday products, from outdoor clothing to non-stick pans, resistant to water, heat and stains. They are, however, potentially harmful to people, wildlife and the environment. The PFAS concentrations were low and, bearing in mind that most people tend to only use straws occasionally, pose a limited risk to human health. However, PFAS can remain in the body for many years and concentrations can build up over time.
The research has now been published in the peer-reviewed journal Food Additives and Contaminants.

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