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Making Eco-Friendly Rice Straws: The 6-Step Process

By Son Vu

Rice straws are an environmentally friendly product, made from natural materials, and can be completely decomposed within 3 months. In recent years, rice straws have become increasingly popular and widely used as an alternative to plastic straws. In this article, please join EQUO to explore the 6-step process of producing environmentally friendly rice straws!

1. Rice straw production process

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The rice straw production process is carried out through 6 main steps, including:

1.1. Produce rice starch

The main raw materials for producing rice straws are rice starch and tapioca starch. Rice is carefully selected, impurities and dirt removed, then milled to form rice flour. In addition, natural colors from plants such as sweet gourd, gardenia, magenta plants, and butterfly pea flowers are also used to make the straws more eye-catching and diverse.

Produce rice starch

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1.2. Weigh and mix rice starch

After being produced, rice starch will be weighed and measured in appropriate proportions with other auxiliary materials, such as tapioca starch and natural colors. The ratio of auxiliary materials will be adjusted depending on the manufacturer's requirements. After preparing all the necessary materials, rice starch, and vegetable colors will be mixed until the starch is smooth and evenly colored.

Weigh and mix rice starch

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1.3. Steam

After being mixed well, the rice flour mixture will be put into the steamer to cook. The steaming process helps the rice flour stick together, forming a uniform mass.

1.4. Shape

After being steamed, the rice flour mass will be put into a shaping machine to form a straw. The shaping machine will use pressure to create rice straws of uniform shape and size.

Shape

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1.5. Dry

After being shaped, the rice straw will be put into the dryer to dry. The drying process makes rice straws highly durable, does not get moldy does not dissolve in water when used, and can be used for a long time.

Dry

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1.6. Check the quality and pack

After drying, the rice straws will be tested for quality in terms of durability, hardness, color, etc. Products that do not meet standards will be eliminated, and good quality products will be packaged into products and brought to market.

Check the quality and pack

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Above are the 6 steps of the rice straw production process from selecting raw materials to quality checking, each step contributes to creating an environmentally friendly and high-quality product.

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2. Some notes when making your rice straws at home

Rice straws are an environmentally friendly product, edible, and popular with many people. Making rice straws at home is quite simple, however, to get quality straws, you need to pay attention to the following issues:

2.1. Adjust the amount of water to the elasticity of the rice flour

Rice flour is the main ingredient to make rice straws. The toughness of rice flour will affect the durability of the straw. If the rice flour is too dry, the straw will easily break or crack. If the rice flour is too wet, the straw will easily become soft and sticky.

To adjust the amount of water accordingly, you can put rice flour in a bowl, add water slowly, and mix well. Then, use your hand to test the rice flour. If the rice flour has a certain toughness, is not dry, and is not mushy, it is satisfactory.

Adjust the amount of water to the elasticity of the rice flour

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2.2. Control the even thickness of the straws during shaping

The uniform thickness of the straw will help the straw have greater durability and aesthetics. During the process of shaping the straw, you need to pay attention to adjusting the thickness of the rice flour so that it is uniform over the entire length of the straw.

You can use a plastic tube of the appropriate size to make a mold to shape the straw. After mixing the rice flour, put the dough into the mold and press it tightly. When the rice flour is dry, remove the straw from the mold.

Control the even thickness of the straws during shaping

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2.3. Make sure the rice straws are completely dry before using

Rice straws need to be completely dried before use. If the straw is not completely dried, it will easily become damp, moldy, and have an unpleasant odor.

You can dry rice straws in an oven or dryer. Drying time is about 6-8 hours at a temperature of 100-120 degrees Celsius. After drying, you can store rice straws in a sealed glass jar in a cool, dry place.

Make sure the rice straws are completely dry before using

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With the above simple notes and secrets, you can make your rice straws at home. Now, let's learn how to use and preserve rice straws!

3. How to use and preserve rice straws

Rice straws are an environmentally friendly product, made from 100% natural materials such as rice flour and tapioca starch. Straws have good hardness and durability and can be used in both hot and cold drinks. However, the usage time of rice straws is also limited.

3.1. How long can rice straws be used?

Rice straws have a shelf life of about 12 months from the date of manufacture. The usage time of rice straws in hot or cold water environments will be different. Specifically, in a hot water environment, rice straws can be used for about 15-30 minutes, in a cold water environment, rice straws can be used for about 60-120 minutes.

How long can rice straws be used?

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3.2. How to preserve rice straws

Rice straws should be stored in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight and away from water. When not in use, rice straws should be stored in a sealed box or zip bag to avoid dirt and insects from entering.

3.3. Some notes when using rice straws

When using rice straws, there are a few things to note:

  • Do not use rice straws to drink highly acidic drinks, such as orange juice, lemonade, etc.
  • Do not use rice straws to drink drinks with very high temperatures, such as coffee, hot tea, etc.
  • Do not use rice straws for too long. After about 2 hours of use, you should replace the straw with a new one to ensure hygiene.

Rice straws are an environmentally friendly product, safe for health, and can be used in many types of drinks. Hopefully, with the above information, you know how to use and preserve rice straws properly. If you find making your rice straws at home difficult and you are looking for a quality rice straw product, please refer to EQUO's rice straws.

4. EQUO rice straws - Environmentally friendly and edible product

EQUO rice straws - Environmentally friendly and edible product

EQUO edible rice straws are made from rice starch and tapioca starch, which can completely biodegrade in the natural environment. In addition, during the production process, rice flour will be mixed with materials from other plants such as green leaves, gardenia, gac, and butterfly pea flowers to create many natural, eye-catching colors for the straws. rice.

Outstanding features of EQUO rice straws:

  • Diverse, eye-catching colors, many sizes.
  • Rice straws do not contain plastic, preservatives, or toxic chemicals.
  • Can be used for biological composting or completely decompose in the natural environment.
  • Edible rice straws are 100% safe to eat.
  • Can be used for all types of daily drinks, including hot and cold drinks.

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