An article by Clare Goldsberry on the renaissance of paper straws inspired Rod Groleau, founder and Director of RJG Inc. (Traverse City, MI), to remind everyone that “the plastic straw is a marvel of our technology.”
As iconic brands, cities and even countries join the crusade to “stop sucking” and ban plastic straws, let's take a trip down memory lane and explore the evolution of drinking straws. Our journey begins a few thousand years ago with the Sumerians.
Brazilian resin supplier Braskem has introduced an ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) copolymer derived from sugarcane. The first application of the material is in flip-flop footwear developed by San Francisco-based Allbirds, which has attracted investment from Leonardo DiCaprio.
While vacationing in Maui, I ordered a Lahaina Lemonade drink that came with a red-and-white paper straw. Here's the problem: Even when drinking pink lemonade laced with vodka, you could kind of taste the paper.
Currently the largest compounder of SMC in North America, the installation of this SMC line in France will be used to further develop the company’s advanced composite products, including low VOC formulas currently under development to meet European market regulations.