The Straws

FEATURES OF OUR WHEAT DRINKING STRAWS:

Our wheat stems are taken from existing pesticide-free fields, and are a normally-wasted by-product of the wheat crop. The wheat stalks are de-husked and trimmed before being rinsed and air dried twice for sterilisation. They are:

  1. Provided as nature made them
  2. 100% biodegradable
  3. Compostable under home conditions
  4. Able to degrade in the ocean
  5. Sustainable & renewable with an annual replacement/growing cycle
  6. Minimally processed
  7. Low CO2 with minimal manufacturing
  8. Hygienic 
  9. Food Safe
  10. Organic (free from any pesticides/herbicides)
  11. Gluten- free (gluten is stored in the  grain)
  12. For hot and cold drinks
  13. Disposable (although they will last for more than one drink)
  14. Naturally variable 3 - 6mm diameter

- VS BIOPLASTIC CORN STARCH STRAWS 

  • Corn starch straw manufacturing involves the use of chemicals and vast amounts of processing.
  • Once produced, It does not biodegrade naturally in compost bins as claimed.
  • Con starch demands heat & oxygen from high temp (60C) industrial facilities.
  • Most end up in landfill with the same lifetime as plastic.
  • If added to plastics recycling, they can actually contaminate the process due to incompatibility.
  • In the world's oceans, they cause the same damage as a plastic straw.

- VS PAPER STRAWS 

  • 4 billion trees, or 35% of the total trees chopped down are used in paper industries
  • An area the size of a football pitch is lost in the Amazon every minute!   As demand continues to grow, it will inevitably mean more forest area disappears due to the long growing cycle.
  • The intensive pulping process uses chemicals and glue additives - 1 tonne of paper manufacturing requires 98 tonnes of resource.
  • Even with recycled paper, the process consumes more energy than plastic manufacturing. A paper straw then lasts for minutes before going soggy and is then tossed away. 

- VS REUSABLES

  • These types of straws often suffer hygiene issues due to improper cleaning. And having to clean each one properly can be a time-consuming task.
  • Bamboo straws can also leave a funny taste and smell if they have not been properly aired out to dry.
  • Straws such as metal, glass and even bamboo are also expensive compared to wheat.
  • Although they are reusable, customers have a tendency to take them when they leave, requiring the  straws be replaced at your expense. 

- 10 FACTS

    1. Most plastic produced in the world today is for single-use items.
    2. Each day around 8 million pieces of plastic end up in our oceans.
    3. The average useful lifespan of a plastic drinking straw is 20 minutes.
    4. It takes 200+ years for a plastic drinking straw to breakdown.
    5. 90% of seabirds have ingested plastic waste.
    6. Microplastics have been found as far afield as the remote Arctic region.
    7. 4 billion trees, or 35% of the total trees cut down, are used in paper industries.
    8. 1 tonne of paper consumes 98 tonnes of resources in manufacture.
    9. Globally, we consume almost 300 million tonnes of paper annually, mostly from virgin pulp.
    10. 70% of the worlds paper comes from diminishing forests, not from plantations or recycling.