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It's well known that plastic straws are one of the single-use plastics that contribute significantly to landfill and often end up harming our ocean's eco-systems. Recently, the movement to phase out plastic straw use has been gaining traction in Australia – with the contribution of #TheLastStraw lobby group, commitment of major retailers (including Starbucks and McDonald's), and most recently, the Sydney Opera House and Solotel Group's Sydney Opera Bar, which 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.

[ Read our blog on Paper Straws here: https://www.pactrading.com.au/blog/paper-straws/ ]

But if you are keen to get rid of single-use plastic straws, what are the sustainable alternatives?

While there are numerous options available on the market, it's important to consider the unique characteristics of each available option – to make a sustainable choice that suits your business!

To start, we decided to compare three main alternatives to single-use plastic straws; Paper Straws, PLA (bioplastic) Straws and Bamboo Straws, and to explore their functionality and compostability, along with consumer perceptions.

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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.

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