Handmade Carrizo Drinking Straws
For those who like to dress up their cocktails, but don’t want to contribute more damaging waste to the planet, these natural straws are ready for happy hour. Harvested by hand from the abundant wild carrizo (cane) fields in Oaxaca, every bunch includes six large straws for highball glasses and six short straws for kids cups or old fashioned glasses, which are wrapped in a piece of corn husk and tied with cotton string.
- Made from wild carrizo cane, will biodegrade at end of life
- Dimensions: small are approximately 8-9", large are approximately 5.5-6.5"
- 6 of each size included in one bundle
Wash the straws with soap and water, then disinfect them for 10 minutes in a solution of colloidal silver drops and water, or in a weak bleach solution (four drops of bleach per liter of water, followed by an additional rinse of clean water). They can also be boiled for 10 minutes in a solution of two tablespoons of white vinegar to one litre of water.
If you wish to prolong the life of the straws, you can bake them in a low temperature oven (200 - 225 °C) for 20-30 minutes. This toasts the straws and changes their tone to a golden brown, and ensures that the carrizo is less porous.
It’s important to allow the straws to dry completely, as this prevents the growth of mold. In case of mold, the straws can usually be rescued by boiling them in a vinegar solution, then baking them in the oven as described.
With daily use and proper care the straws can last six months or longer.
Special note about artisans:
These pieces are made by hand by a group in Oaxaca, Mexico in order to offer a method to decrease pollution, pay a living wage to collaborators, and to ensure that the production of these straws is consistently sustainable for local cane fields.
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