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Where does your bamboo come from?
Throughout the first 12 months of business we learned a lot about bamboo. Even better we have met some wonderful artisans and craftsman from around the world. On a regular basis we talk with farmers and landowners from all across Asia. We discuss things like heat and rainfall. Together we decide where the best bamboo is being produced. Once that is determined the bamboo is harvested in that area. It is then dried, cut to size or crafted, washed and sent to us. Currently we use bamboo from Indonesia, Vietnam, India and China.
Are all Wahi bamboo straws the same thickness as a plastic straw?
No, our straws are made from 100% natural bamboo reeds. No two are the same. Although many of our straws are as thin or thinner than a traditional plastic straw many are not and are often much thicker.
Will my straw look the same as what is on the website?
Most likely. However, a great thing about bamboo is that it is 100% from nature and as a result each straw will have slight variations in appearance. This is normal…uh, natural. Some might have a slightly darker grain running throughout or possibly a darker streak or spot. In addition the walls of your straw may be thicker or thinner than others.
What is the difference between the yellow and green Wahi straws?
We source bamboo from all over the world. Yet, our process is the same. Our bamboo is harvested, washed and set outside to air dry. Essentially “curing” the bamboo. Our yellow straws are dried for several months giving them their golden color. Our green straws use a younger bamboo which still retains some moisture between the inner fibers resulting in a slightly green color. The curing process for the green bamboo is much shorter than the yellow. Both types of bamboo straws are excellent alternatives to single use plastics.
Can I use my straws right out of the box?
For best results we recommend washing your straw before first use. This will remove any bamboo dust that may remain after your straw has been crafted in the workshop. It will also result in a cleaner taste right from the start.
Is my Wahi straw reusable?
Yes! Re useable, sustainable, compostable, awe…some…able?
What is the best way to clean my straws?
We recommend hand washing. After each use rinse your straw under running water or shake in a jar of warm soapy water then set aside to air dry. After thick or sticky beverages we suggest using a cleaning brush by inserting it into each end and scrubbing back and fourth a few times. Then rinse with warm water and air dry. For a super thorough clean you can add 1Tbsp of white vinegar to a pot of boiling water, add your straws and let sit for 2-3 minutes before removing and air drying.
What is the best way to dry my straws after washing?
When possible we think its best to stand them upright to allow the water inside to drain. We like to keep ours upright in a mason jar.
Can I put my Wahi straw in the dishwasher?
Yes! Although we prefer to hand wash and air dry, you can most definitely put your straw in a dishwasher.
Will a bamboo straw make my drinks taste like bamboo?
In our opinion, no. However, this is an all natural product created by Mother Nature herself. In rare cases some people experience a slight “green” or “grassy” taste during their first couple of uses. This is typically a result of not rinsing the straw before hand. Be sure to wash your straw before first using it to avoid any bamboo taste.
How long will my straws last?
Wahi bamboo straws can last for months even years with proper care. Please see care instruction link.
I left my straw in a drink over night and now it is very dark. What should I do?
Don’t panic, chances are your straw will be just fine. Remove your straw from your drink, wash as normal and set aside to air dry. Once set out to air dry it will typically return to its natural color within a couple of hours.
Are bamboo straws better than stainless steel straws?
This is a matter of opinion at the end of the day we feel that ANY alternative to single use plastic is a better choice. Steel is great and can last for a very long time. Bamboo is an organic material and although it has a shorter life span than steel it is our preference. Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on earth which makes it sustainable. They also have naturally anti bacterial properties, are completely compostable and require 50 times less energy to produce than steel…yep, we like bamboo.
Is Bamboo sustainable?
Yes, bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on the planet. Sometimes growing as much as one meter a day. It is incredibly sustainable.
Will using a plastic straw alternative really help save the oceans and marine life?
Every little bit helps but the reality is that plastic straws are far from our biggest problem when it comes to ocean pollution. Even if we eliminate every plastic straw on the planet we still have a massive problem. However, the single use plastic straw is known as the “gateway plastic”. If we can learn to skip a plastic straw and instead start reaching for alternatives like bamboo it may be an encouraging reminder to people everywhere to forgo other single use plastics such as plastic bags and bottles. The effects of these types of efforts may be seen in our own communities but as we spread the word and people everywhere incorporate similar practices then we may really start seeing some positive effects worldwide.
Which Honu conservation programs does Wahi support?
Wahi Hawaii is a small local company and we are just getting started. One of our promises is to donate a portion of each sale to a local conservation efforts. Currently we are very stoked on Maui Ocean Center Marine Institute. This is a young non profit division of MOC that started in 2016 and is known for rescuing, re habilitating and re-releasing Green Sea Turtles “Honu”. Their Mission, from the MOCMI website:
“To inspire lifelong environmental stewardship and ensure the survival of coral reefs and sea turtles in Hawaii through science-based conservation efforts, education and, outreach.”
To find out more check out www.mocmarineinstitute.org