Bamboo Europe, an established supplier of sustainable straws made from bamboo fibre, is launching a range of bamboo-fibre cutlery.
The company claims there are 185 thousand hectares of bamboo forest in Taiwan (its source nation), and only 11 thousand hectares of bamboo forest is needed to supply the 600 billion straw usage in the entire world annually.
To make the straws it uses a process called dry processing and forming. It claims this requires no chemicals to destroy the plant structure, and instead grinds the plant into powder and processes them into natural bamboo fibre. The process does not produce any water pollution, and the processing temperature is controlled at under 200°C to minimise carbon emission.
Bamboo Europe also claims that despite having no plastic film or coating, the straws can be held over 24 hours in drinks and have the heat resistance of -20°C to 100°C.