After 8 hours of boiling and many more hours of cutting, sanding and cleaning our straws are now ready for the next step. All the straws are now collected and taken to our final cleaning and shipping location.
We carefully check each straw again to see if there are any cracks or straws that are not up to our standards.
The remaining straws are then off for another trip to the boiling pot. This second round of boiling is a little different from the first round. We mix vinegar with the boiling water to give the straws an extra deep clean and keep them smelling fresh during their transport to their new homes. We boil them for an additional 2 hours. This again sorts out any weak straws. By this point there are only the strongest Bamboo Sisters Sippers survive.
After boiling, our sustainable sippers are placed on beautiful traditional Thai platters and dried in the sun. We love the drying and cleaning effects of the sun and we notice that our Bamboo Sippers are much happier when they get to bathe in the sun, but then again, who isn’t? 😊
We love our straws so much that we bring them in every night and tuck them into bed with the gentle breeze of a fan to help them sleep well and aid in the drying process.
After a few days or deeply drying and baking in the sun our sustainable straws are now ready for their facelifts. This is the fun part. We get to watch them turn into small pieces of art 😊
We sand the outsides with sand paper then we sand the inside with a long sanding bit. We also smooth out the tops and bottoms to make sure they are nice against the lucky lips that get to use these straws in the future.
Once thoroughly sanded inside and out they get a quick dip in vinegar. Then back to the dry kiss of the sun for another day until they are ready for laser engraving and or packaging.
We love personalizing our sustainable straws for you and have a lot of fun doing it.
We say goodbye to these sweet little sippers and send them off to their new homes. We never use plastic to package our straws but we do have recycled paper available for individual packaging.
We hope you enjoyed this and we thank you so much for making the decision to kick the plastic habit!