Dutch eco business, Wheat Straws, is calling on airlines to switch out plastic straws and replace them with a sustainable, biodegradable option – wheat straws, which can be returned to the soil as a nutrient after use.
The straws are made of natural wheat stems usually burnt after harvesting. The company buys and collects this residual waste from farms worldwide, cuts the stems to length and sterilizes them to destroy any bacteria. No chemicals are added and the straws work for hot or cold drinks. They are 3-7mm thick.
The company was inspired to find straw alternatives by concerns for the ocean and currently currently supports the Ocean CleanUp programme by donating two percent of its sales to the campaign.