1. Lisa Wilson
  2. Hospitality & Tourism
  3. Sunday, 16 February 2020
Hi all

I have a friend who manages a resort. She wants to use sustainable straws in their restaurant and bars. She says that if it works out well for her resort, she'll try to persuade other properties in her area to do the same.

There are quite a range of options available these days, each with their strengths and weaknesses. Does anyone have any advice about which kind of straw is best and why?
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Thanks James Miller! :D
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Dear Lisa,

best would be to convince to stop using straws completly. For what using straws!! Rethink would be good. Do they need it really. Is the costumer disappointed when not having a straw? Communicating that is for the environment. I'm sure customer will love it.
If this is not helping:
Either multi-use straws if you can clean them properly and you need to use them, I guess at least 100 times or more, that is one option.
For single use straws. Always keep in mind the end of use. Recycling, composting, burning,.....this has the most impact when talking about sustainability of a product.

I don't recommend PLA which is widelycommunicated to be sustainable as biodegradable and compostable. While compostability needs industrial temperatures of around 60 degrees.
Industrie is producing a lot of paper straws now. Can you recycle them? But also here to look for the source of paper and the composition of the wet strength....

In which area are the straw needed? Buying where it is produced locally or nearby is a further plus being sustainable. Sometimes you can find manufactures for straws out of leaves, for example in India.

Best regards,

Nathalie
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Hi Nathalie F.-C.

Sorry I did not reply sooner, I've been traveling. I greatly appreciate your very helpful advice!

My friend has decided to trial bamboo straws which are sourced locally. If they end-up being a viable alternative, she's going to try to persuade other properties in her town to use them also. I spoke to her about the possibility of not using straws at all, but she says that business is very bad at the moment because of the coronavirus and there's no way that they're going to do anything that might upset the few guests that they still have.

Again, many thanks for your advice, hopefully others will find this information useful also :D
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The most sustainable straw is no straw.
Otherwise I would recommend paper straws.
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Hi Lisa, I saw this interesting documentary on a small start up in Australia.Depending on the volumes this may be of interest. They are still investigating how to mechanize the process.
https://www.abc.net.au/landline/clutching-rye-straws:-an-organic-alternative-for/12036594
Regards John
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Hi Lisa, I saw this interesting documentary on a small start up in Australia.Depending on the volumes this may be of interest. They are still investigating how to mechanize the process.
https://www.abc.net.au/landline/clutching-rye-straws:-an-organic-alternative-for/12036594
Regards John


Hi John Sinclair

What a lovely story! My friend has decided to use bamboo straws which is a material that's widely available here in Cambodia. Rye sounds like a great choice for Australia. Hopefully they'll find a way to mechanise the manufacturing as that would greatly improve the viability and scalability of their project.

I was somewhat surprised to learn that it's the only kind of sustainable straw made in Australia.
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