The compostable straws need to end up in composted waste not recyclable nor residual.
The re-usable straws can be cleaned – some come with special tools for doing that – some are simply dishwasher safe.
Whichever options you choose there are a range of sources both for bulk supplies and for consumers:
- Eco Strawz Sell wholesale packs of straws in a wide variety of materials (Borosilicate Glass, Natural Bamboo, Natural Wheat, Stainless Steel, Straw Cleaning Brushes)
- Eco Strawz also sell their range in consumer sized packs.
- EcoStraws (with an ‘s’) has small, consumer sized, packs (4 or 5) bamboo and stainless steel straws.
- Etsy (Stainless Steel, Ceramic, Natural Bamboo … individual and packs of 100)
- Cater4You (biodegradable in packs of 1,000-10,000)
- Wholesale paper Straws UK (Biodegradable paper straws – packs of 5,000)
- The Disposable Straw company (based in London, they will give retailers a quote)
- Enviro-pack has Biodegradable straws in packs of 500.
- BioPac (packs of 1,000 compostable paper straws)
- The Zero Waste shop has packs of three stainless steel straws.
- Brennan Catering Supplies, based in Waterford, sell paper straws in packs of 500 in: Red and White or Green and White.
- Paper wrapped PLA (polylactic acid) straws are available from Greenman packaging who also have lots of other Straws.
- Local wholesaler Musgrave will be stocking paper straws from April 2018.
- Compostable Plastics principles
- PLA (polylactic acid) is made from a corn derived bio polymer, they are biodegradable and should be composted after use, not mixed with recyclables or residual waste. Cold Drinks cups and lids
- Greenman Packaging has a full range of materials for take aways and catering.
- Enviro-pack has a wide range of catering supplies, including: compostable cutlery, take away containers, compostable cups and delivery bags and containers. They also do custom branded packaging.
- Loliware make edible (compostable) cups for cold drinks and are developing an edible straw. Doesn’t seem to be available yet outside the USA but a recent article in Wired suggests that seaweed based cups and straws are the future.