It’s a natural by-product of wheat harvests
Nobody likes a mushy straw, it’ll stay hard for hours.
It’s an attractive product
The straws are completely natural. Each has it’s own unique personality, they’ll suit any bar top or restaurant.
It’s a way of promoting your eco-friendly business
Everybody’s talking about plastic, let your customers know how much you care about the environment.
It's a single use product
Let's be honest reusable straws get dirty. This is a non-harmful, single use product; so no need to suck on someone else's straw.
It’s 100% compostable
It's 100 % natural
and chemical and gluten free!
The Wheat Straws Company are passionate about the environment and by introducing Wheat Straws we want to help businesses reduce their harmful waste.
However, the public’s best-eco-interests are being led down the wrong path. The plastic straws are being substituted with paper and bio-plastic, which are often misconceived as being better for the environment.
Paper straws seem a better choice than plastic, but also are very problematic.
Firstly they are porous, meaning they become soggy in just a few minutes. However wheat straws are non-porous, so they don’t absorb the water and therefore stay hard for hours.
They also contribute towards deforestation, as mature trees have to be destroyed to keep up with the demand for paper. The paper is then heavily processed before becoming a straw.
Wheat straws are a by-product of the harvesting process and therefore completely natural. This stem would otherwise be burnt or thrown away, so it actually reduces gas emissions too.
Bio-plastic or PLA Straws
Bio-plastics are not as ‘bio’ as they suggest.
Even though Bio-plastic and PLA straws are made from natural materials, such as corn starch, the product still ends up very similar to normal plastic.
Unlike the wheat straws, most Bio-plastic and PLA straws do not bio-degrade naturally. They only de-compose under very specific scientific conditions, if they are not disposed of properly and end up in a landfill or the ocean, they have the same impact as plastic.
Why are businesses so keen to replace one manufactured product with another?
Why not something exSTRAWdinary? Why not a Wheat Straw?
The UK alone uses 8.5 billion single-use plastic straws every year; the highest number in Europe.
2.4 million metric tons of plastic enter our oceans every year.
Plastic waste is found in 90% of all seabirds.