Every plastic straw that has ever been manufactured still exists on the planet today. Why? Because plastic straws are specifically designed to last. Replacing plastic straws with biodegradable paper straws is a simple and sensible step toward a more environmentally conscious world.
Why are plastic straws harmful?
On average, plastic straws take 200 years to break down because they are not biodegradable. Billions of plastic straws are added to our growing landfills each day after a single use at a restaurant, gas station, convenience store, sports stadium, or theme park – and millions of them wind up in our oceans.
Once in our oceans and waterways, plastic straws cause great harm to marine creatures such as sea turtles, sea birds, dolphins, sharks, seals, and whales. After long-term exposure to salt water and sunlight, plastic waste also breaks up into smaller pieces (called microplastics) that pose further danger to aquatic life and are found everywhere in our oceans, “from sea surface to the deepest crevice in the sea floor.”
What can food and beverage companies do to reduce plastic straw usage?
Food and beverage companies can make a significant environmental impact by sourcing responsible products:
- Offer your customers biodegradable paper straws as opposed to single-use plastic straws. ConverPack’s eco-friendly paper straws come in four distinct sizes, are available in multiple colors and designs, and can be customized with company names and logos to help promote your brand.
- In addition, when serving cold or iced beverages, provide your customers with cold paper cups made from thick, top-of-the-line, sustainably sourced paper. ConverPack’s cold cups are available in white or our new Ecolyptus® stock design and come in 6 distinct sizes (12 oz. to 44 oz.). Cold paper cups can even be customized with the company’s name or logo to help promote their brand.
- Finally, work with a manufacturer like ConverPack who abides by stringent environmental guidelines, follows ambitious recycling and waste reduction programs, and is certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).
What can everyday people do to reduce plastic straw usage?
People around the world can reduce plastic straw usage by demanding biodegradable paper straws at their local coffee shops, convenience stores, restaurants, grocery stores, etc. Paper straws are an easy, eco-friendly, and marine-friendly alternative to plastic straws. Even better, biodegradable paper straws break down in days as opposed to hundreds of years.
Where can I purchase biodegradable paper straws?
Global paper cup manufacturer ConverPack has joined the revolution to replace polluting plastic straws with biodegradable and compostable paper straws. ConverPack’s Ecolyptus® Paper straws are available in a multitude of colors as well as in several stock designs. You can even create your own unique design! Contact ConverPack today to place your order.