CARRIZO Handmade Drinking Straws

CARRIZO Handmade Drinking Straws

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Sustainably harvested straws, with daily use and proper care the straws can last six months or longer.

Handcrafted by a local artisan family in Oaxaca, as part of a socially-focused, fair-trade project. These straws are derived from the abundant carrizo river reed. The pieces are then gathered, cut, cleaned, before being wrapped in a piece of corn husk, and tied with a cotton string.

This project pays a fair wage to collaborators and ensures that the production of these straws is consistently sustainably done in local carrizo fields.

Materials:  Carrizo, a type of river reed in Oaxaca. Sustainably sourced and biodegradable.

Dimensions: Long straws are 20 to 22 cm long, while the short straws are 14 to 16 cm long.

Care Instructions:

  • Clean the pieces with soap and water, then soak for 10 minutes in weak bleach solution (four drops of bleach to one litre of water), or in a bath of white vinegar and water. Following which to rinse them again in cold water.

  • To prolong the life of the straws, you can bake them in the oven at a low temperature of roughly 200’C for 20 minutes. This toasts the straws and changes their tone to a beautiful golden brown.

  • They should be dried thoroughly before using, however if they are left damp for some time, mold may occur. If this happens, the straws can be boiled in a vinegar solution, and then baked as above described.

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These pieces are made by hand by a group of artisans in Oaxaca, in order to offer a method to decrease pollution, pays a living wage to its collaborators, and to ensure that the production of these straws is consistently sustainably sourced from local fields.

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