Here are the pictures of my Textraw. The first picture is the 10-year old straw which I purchased and put down in April 2004. You can see on the right where I stopped. The other ones are after I added the new Textraw. I will tell you from my experience, the straw did not lose very much of its color, only lost the shiny look of it. It went from a high gloss red to a dull red, as you can see in the pics. I did fluff it from time to time because it would flatten out after walking on it and I did quiet a bit of it. I wish they would make a color spray to spray on it after it loses it shine. That would be awesome. I have been very, very pleased with my Textraw, that is why I hunted you down for more. I tell everyone that sees my straw about how wonderful it is, and how much I have enjoyed it. It is so much better than pine straw.
Can't see a difference? Don't worry - that's the point.