Silca Introduces Titanium Straws Made From Bottle Cage Production Leftovers

Dec 6, 2019
by ECHOS Communications  
Silca Titanium Straws- Made from Bottle Cage Production Leftovers

Press Release: Silca

Reusable, sustainable, and unbreakable Silca titanium straws are laser engraved with the SILCA emblem and hand anodized in one of 4 different colors. The set of straws feature one straight and one bent straw option to cater to different size cups.

At Silca, we are always thinking about the sustainability of our products and the legacy they leave. It is why we still build pump gaskets of leather repurposed from the Italian fashion industry, and generally build products to "heirloom" quality standards. These straws were developed as a way to minimize waste in Sicuro Titanium Cage production.

Silca Titanium Straws- Made from Bottle Cage Production Leftovers

Early in the Ti Bottle Cage development process, Silca's engineers realized that they could yield 6 cages per stick of tubing from the mill with a 9" piece left-over. By modifying the bending and using the thinnest possible cutting blades, there is now exactly 8.5" of leftover titanium tubing for every 6 bottle cages produced. This means that the only waste from the Ti Cage production process is in the saw kerf (material turned into shavings when cutting) giving this product a 99.9% material utilization rate -- we'll drink (through a straw) to that!


Features:
6.35mm Diameter 3/2.5 Titanium tubing
One straight 8.5" + One bent 8.5" Titanium Straw per set
Dishwasher Safe
Avoid using abrasive cleaning pads
Straws are ultrasonically cleaned in our factory, but it's a factory.. Please wash them before using it!
Rainbow anodize is done completely by hand in a process that involves an operator raising and lowering the straw while manually altering the voltage. As a result, no two will be quite the same and will all be slightly different from the photos
MSRP $30

More information here


86 Comments

  • 154 1
 Whats the head angle on the bent straw? #notslackenough
  • 28 3
 It’s expensive but I’m buying it. Gotta save the turtle
  • 12 2
 #savetheturtles
  • 12 0
 The development team at Silca felt right about the angle, research proved that too slack a straw angle produces vague handling at lower speeds of beverage intake.
  • 50 0
 @nickechos:
higher speeds of beverage intake causes my vague handling
Just sayin'
  • 3 2
 @lalientoxc: Just don't ever throw it away or you'll kill 3 turtles.
  • 2 0
 @lalientoxc: Go tell China.
  • 69 0
 I thought getting these straws would make me cool. But now I suck
  • 17 1
 I’m sorry mate, but yer clutching at straws with that one...
  • 18 3
 You’d definitely be a sucker to shell out $30 lol
  • 16 1
 @Richt2000: Ti's the season.
  • 45 1
 will this make my beer taste better when i'm sitting in a sea of flannel shirts and beards at the mumford & sons concert talking to girls with circle lens sunglasses & wide brim brown hats?
  • 2 2
 probably taste better than drinking out of a plastic cup or directly from a can (but won't impress the beards)
  • 10 0
 @taprider:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmFnarFSj_U
Do you mean these beards....they look pretty hard to impress in any situation
  • 1 0
 @enis: I laughed way too hard at this
  • 1 1
 While on mdma
  • 20 1
 Good idea... but these are made from leftovers why are they $30? Silca only needs to cut them to size and finish them. No way this justfies a $30 price tag. You can get 2 on amazon from $10 (www.amazon.com/TiTo-Titanium-Ultralight-Drinking-Cleaning/dp/B072MKV1T7)
  • 17 0
 I mean, obvs, those cheap ones don't even say Silca on them.
  • 8 0
 Or split the difference and get something arguably cooler:

www.agavefinishworks.com/shop
  • 1 0
 @gerhards: brilliant stuff!!! Pinkbike users should take a look, I’m going to do some
holiday shopping, who doesn’t need a custom ano’d doodad? Sorry Silca, you’re crazy.
  • 3 0
 @gerhards: to be fair.... those are actually More expensive. At $15.99 each they actually come out to $31.98 a pair...
  • 1 0
 @Mattysville: but these are way cooler and using King cages, the undisputed king ????
  • 19 0
 Why don't they rather re-smelt them and then make buttplugs?
Probably a $1000 buttplug. Then they can really shaft you.
  • 3 0
 Well, you're not going to use a budget butt plug. Are you?
  • 4 0
 @pinhead907: what kind of a*shole would use a budget butt plug??
  • 2 0
 @connerg: the type that doesn't have a firm grasp on the situation.
  • 2 0
 Not for me. I'm tight.....
  • 16 0
 How about we learn to live without straws?
  • 6 0
 But... my lipstick!
  • 1 0
 The last thing i want is to add straws to my dish pile. Never use straws except the 1 time per year I end up getting fast food on the road...
  • 13 1
 The price is definitely going to bend some people out of shape. They'll probably just post lots of straw man arguments, though.
  • 11 0
 $30?
Did I miss the bit where you are donating 100% to charity?

Or do you plan on only selling one - therefore covering your costs over one sale?
  • 14 1
 Nah you just get the privilege of paying for yet another companies recycling directly. #latestagecapitalism.
  • 1 0
 Very far from April, much confused
  • 1 2
 @lalientoxc:

It's silca. They'll be sold out in a week.
  • 4 0
 what the hell, this is like selling your lunch leftovers for more than its original price and saying you are helping the world combat food waste. what total bs.
  • 6 0
 WTF with straws anyways...countless different containers for fluids that don’t need one
  • 14 0
 Sippy cups for all!
  • 2 0
 @slumgullion: If a straw is $30, how much is a cup?
  • 2 0
 @slumgullion: I can get down with that
  • 10 0
 Nipples.
  • 7 0
 Does each cage now get $5 cheaper?
  • 6 1
 Thanks Silca for watching out for all the bike hipsters! Now they won’t need to worry about getting their perfectly combed mustaches in their 180-IBU IPA’s.
  • 7 0
 Cocaine, it's a hell of a drug.
  • 4 0
 Yes, let us combat "climate change" by using, reusable straws. But we'll keep the CO2 consumption the same and even pollute more because we gotta make these alloy straws safe for humans
  • 3 0
 I have a titanium backpacking spoon that makes anything it delivers taste super icky. Which is quite a feat, considering how desperate I can be for food when I'm backpacking. The cool guy tumblers I've sipped from are the same. Titanium just does not have a pleasant mouth feel. Does not amuse my bouche. I applaud the astroturf marketing though. Mofos trying to make Ti baby carrots YAHURDME
  • 5 0
 Not trying to be sarcastic (for real) , but what's the problem with drink directly from the glass/bottle or whatever?
  • 2 0
 well c'mon its obvious. Do you really want to touch your Ned Kelly style beard to someone else's whilst sipping on your orange mocha frappuccino.
Surely two $15 straws will solve this problem
  • 1 0
 apparently you've never work lipstick
  • 2 2
 teeth sensitivity, a collins glass is hard to drink from, cocktails last longer with smaller straw sips, getting that last sip without dumping ice down your shirt is challenging, a multitude of reasons...
  • 3 0
 @mattsavage: who is Colin.....
  • 1 0
 @enis: if he was up your ass you'd know
  • 1 0
 @mattsavage:
I laughed out loud so hard my wife had to ask what was going on.
Unfortunately i had to explain that i was in a "debate" over drinking straws on a bike forum.
I guess im the tool now.....
  • 4 0
 I'll stick with plastic straws, in case I go OTB while sipping and riding.
nypost.com/2019/07/09/metal-drinking-straw-impales-uk-womans-brain-killing-her
  • 2 0
 Here’s an idea, don’t use straws. Amazing right?
  • 5 0
 100% Dentist approved!
  • 4 0
 9/10 dentists recommend drinking juice through a straw.
  • 4 0
 I hate turtles Gimmie a big plastic one
  • 5 2
 They also have a 1000$ floor pump (get f*cked).
  • 4 1
 Well, the sea turtles are DEFINITELY going to choke on these!!
  • 1 0
 Why not just order the bottle cage tube stock in more appropriate lengths for production? Most factories will allow different cut lengths.
  • 4 1
 From Josh Poertner of Silca:

Our mill pushes tubing in exactly one length (16ft) This is a non-negotiable as it's limited by mandrel or bed depth, or whatever, so as a customer, we can buy tubing in exactly that length, or half of it, or a quarter, etc...
Anyway, each cage uses about 2.6+ feet of tubing (surprising when you see it in person!) which left us with either ~5" of waste tubing if we worked from 16ft stick or multiple ~2" pieces of waste if we worked from 8ft pieces. In the end, we realized that we could increase a few bend radii in the design, use super fine saw blades, and work with our shipping company to more cost effectively ship the 16ft pieces and end up with just over 8.5" of additional tubing per stick which was enough to make a single straw for every 6 cages produced and have only the fine shavings from the saw blade as waste from the process (and each cage is about 0.3-0.4 grams lighter!)
  • 1 1
 @Mattgc: you can always get them to cut them shorter as they come out of the machine.

Nevertheless, I love Silca stuff and want some straws and cages!
  • 1 0
 Years ago I got Ti tire levers with my king cages. They were super weak and bent on installs that would be possible with just thumbs. I’m over needless Ti accessories.
  • 1 0
 Not positive, but I am pretty sure if I get that into a dolphins eye at the right angle I can hit its brain....cant do THAT with a plastic straw!
  • 2 0
 In breakable you say? Challenge accepted.
  • 3 0
 I downvote myself!!!
  • 1 0
 That's awesome. I already have a bottle cage I really like but I need some titanium straws for sure.
  • 1 0
 Here's an idea, make cheaper Ti frames from the bottle cage leftovers. Shitty greenwashed capitalism
  • 1 0
 And here I thought I was being special drinking my daily daily coffee through a stainless steel straw...
  • 1 0
 King Cage is doing the same! Only $10 though! www.kingcage.com/index.php?products=yes
  • 1 0
 How does one wash the inside of a straw?
  • 1 0
 Pipe cleaner.
  • 8 0
 You un-suck with clean water
  • 1 0
 GOOD manufacturer recycling!
  • 1 0
 Perfect gift for my two daughters!
  • 1 0
 I have a Ti seatpost on my XC bike Smile
  • 1 0
 All I remember is Rapha and 30 bucks straw
  • 2 0
 Is it April First?
  • 1 0
 This will go well with my titanium spork.
  • 1 0
 Thanks for turning leftovers into something actually useful!
  • 1 0
 Why is there so much Ti leftover from making cages?
  • 1 0
 There was a time syringes were reusable... didn't end well
  • 1 0
 Where’s Stikman?
  • 1 0
 So much meme fuel
  • 3 2
 Ordered...

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