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paper-straws

Straws are fun, convenient and offer an easy way to make your smoothie or juice gain a festive feeling! However, it’s important to consider the environmental costs — which makes paper straws a great alternative to their plastic counterparts.

Indeed, mass plastic use is a huge problem that contributes massive amounts to landfill and has a negative impact on ocean eco-systems. In this context, plastic straws are increasingly seen as a symbol of an unnecessary convenience with a big impact.

While straws are yet to make it to the banned list in Australia lobby groups like The Last Straw continue to put pressure on the government to do so, and most Australian states have banned single-use, lightweight plastic bags from major retailers, leaving New South Wales the only state without a ban [ Read our Blog here: https://www.pactrading.com.au/blog/plastic-bag-alternative/ ]. Echoing this trend Starbucks and McDonald's have both announced plans to phase out plastic straws in Australia by 2020, and most recently, Sydney Opera House and Solotel Group's Sydney Opera Bar have joined the #SydneyDoesntSuck campaign to cut-down on plastic straw use alongside other iconic Sydney venues such as the International Convention Centre and Museum of Contemporary Art.

Here at Pactrading, we love to produce sustainable alternatives — especially while embracing fun colours and playful designs! Our new Greenmark Paper Straws are made from FSC-certified, sustainably-sourced paper, offering an eco-friendly, stylish and functional alternative to plastic.

The straws are available in 3 sizes (standard, cocktail and jumbo) and a variety of colours / stripes.

See our paper straws range

You can also learn more about #TheLastStraw campaign here: http://www.laststraw.com.au

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plastic alternative bags

The expanding plastic bag ban in Australia reflects a global shift to cut down on plastic use worldwide, including the use of lightweight plastic bags, single-use straws, and cutlery.

With the aims of contributing to a #PlasticFreeJuly, now is a prime time to get involved in helping to cut down on waste from single-use plastic bags, especially since many state-wide bans are already in effect around Australia and major retailers are stepping up their game to reduce in-store plastic use.

Responding to concern over how much plastic is ending up in the landfill and polluting Australia’s marine environments, many Australian states have already implemented a state-wide plastic bag ban.

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