Happy New Years from OkStraw Paper Straws

Looking Forward to 2020

Happy New Years from all of us at OkStraw Paper Straws! 2019’s coming to a close, the fireworks are getting prepared, and the drinks are coming in fast and strong. Before we hit 2020, let’s take a look back at all 2019 brought to us. 

2019 was a big year for OkStraw Paper Straws. From trade shows to all-new products, we hit the ground running, and never looked back. We donated thousands of dollars worth of paper straws to local food banks and volunteered to help out in the kitchen at Father Joe’s Village. We helped clean up plastic pollution throughout San Diego and plan to continue helping the community into 2020. So grab a drink and a paper straw, and reminisce for just a bit.

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Lots of Trade Shows in 2019

This year, OkStraw Paper Straws made several trade show debuts, and we hit it off big! March saw us at the International Foodservice & Restaurant Show in New York City, rubbing elbows with the big shots. Come May, we packed our windbreakers, and headed off to the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago. 

 

By July, we packed our sunscreen, and jetted off to Orlando, where we attended the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show. August was another hot month for OkStraw, starting in New Orleans. We hit the Big Easy, and made our debut at the Louisiana Restaurant Show. 

We finished August at Western Food Expo in Los Angeles, establishing our reputation from coast to coast. We were even featured in Slate Magazine article, which was also pretty cool! 2019 was OkStraw’s national breakout year, and by golly is the jet lag kicking in!

Several Great New Paper Straw Products

This year saw a ton of new OkStraw paper straws to defeat those pesky plastic straws. Over the Summer, our paper spoon straws became a must have for any slushie drink. From there, we demonstrated our engineering abilities with our record-setting paper tiki straws. Completing this triumphant trio were our ADA-compliant paper bendy straws, delivering the final coup de grace to plastic straws. 

OkStraw also introduced more choices to our existing paper straws. New for 2019 are 4-ply options for our paper bubble tea straws, jumbo cocktail straws, and giant paper straws. So no matter what your needs are, there’s an OkStraw paper straw for you. We’re proud of what we brought to the market in 2019, and 2020’s also gonna be a blast!

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Let's Ring in the New Year!

So now that 2019’s under our belts, let’s grab 2020 by the horns! Next decade’s going to see new consumer trends, new environmental laws, and greater calls for environmental justice. At OkStraw Paper Straws, we’re up to any challenges that come our way. 

We love New Year’s resolutions, but we make them too hard. Well here’s a New Year’s resolution that’s easier than any you made before. Forget no junk food, or learning how to hula hoop. If you want to make the biggest difference and put in the least amount of effort, then switch to paper straws. It’s so easy that even Californians like us at OkStraw can do it!

Switching to paper straws isn’t just the easiest resolution ever, it also makes a HUGE difference. No more plastic straws means healthier oceans, less plastic waste, and a lower carbon footprint. So grab a drink and an OkStraw paper straw, watch the fireworks, and have an awesome New Year!

Happy Holidays from OkStraw

Christmas Paper Straws

It’s December, and you know what that means? The holidays are coming, and we’re in a festive mood at OkStraw Paper Straws. We’re writing letters to Santa, hanging up our stockings, and hoping to find paper straws under the Christmas tree!

 

Here at OkStraw, we have paper straws to fit your holiday needs. Holidays are special occasions, so special occasions call for special drinks, and of course paper straws. So grab a drink and a paper straw, because we have some beverage ideas for your holiday festivities.

Paper Straws for your Cocktail Needs

We love a great cocktail for the holidays, and OkStraw has some ideas for you! If you’re celebrating Kwanzaa, then give this classic cocktail a try. Invented by the first African American cocktail book author Tom Bullock, the Stinger celebrates a true trailblazer. The Stinger consists of brandy and creme de menthe, a mint-flavored spirit. Serve it over ice in a cocktail glass, complete with an OkStraw Paper Bar Stir. 

Hannukah’s on the way, and that means here comes the Manischewitz! This sweet kosher wine is a holiday staple, and it makes for great cocktails, too! Mix Manischewitz, lemon-lime soda, fruits and vodka for a Hannukah Sangria. Serve with a paper bar stir, or if you’re feeling especially generous, try OkStraw paper tiki straws! L’Chaim!

Eggnog for Grownups and Wintry Boba

Eggnog is an old childhood Christmas drink favorite, and it’s for adults too! Adult eggnog is your regular nog, but with a kick from brandy, bourbon or rum. One or two shots per serving should do the trick, and is best served chilled. Now a heavy drink like eggnog calls for a tough straw, and that’s where OkStraw Giant Paper Straws come in. Available in festive colors, OkStraw Giant Paper Straws are perfect for your Christmas beverage needs.

After all, who doesn’t love wintry flavored bubble tea? Just prepare boba tea the way you do, and add your prefered seasonal spice powder or syrup. Our favorites are peppermint and pumpkin spice boba tea. Of course no boba drink is complete without an OkStraw Bubble Paper Straw! Available in 3 or 4 ply and in different designs, our paper boba straws are perfect for any occasion. 

Deck the Halls with Paper Straws

Ok, our rhyming is still a work in progress, but you get the idea. Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or all three, choose OkStraw paper straws. Available in fun, festive colors, our paper straws are the perfect compliment to your holiday celebrations. 

 

OkStraw biodegradable paper straws come from sustainable forestry practices, and we only use organic materials. 100 percent plastic free and with no animal byproducts, OkStraw paper straws are perfect for any occasion. From all of us at OkStraw, happy holidays, and a very merry Cause for Paper Straws!

Nestlé, Tim Hortons Canada’s Top Plastic Polluters

Tim Hortons and Nestle Plastic Waste

Greenpeace Canada just named Neslté and Tim Hortons as the country’s top two plastic polluters. The NGO ranked these two offenders by branded plastic items volunteers collected from beaches, and 2019 marks their second year for topping the list. 

Starbucks, McDonald’s and Coca-Cola rounded out Greenpeace’s top 5 list, after Nestle and Tim Hortons. As with other countries, large corporations are huge contributors to plastic waste in Canada. We at OkStraw Paper Straw hope this news encourages more Canadians to demand for greater corporate responsibility. 

Plastic Pollution

Greenpeace ranked these top Canadian polluters based on branded items identified during shore and beach cleanups, as part of the global Break Free from Plastic movement. These beach cleanups took place in cities across Canada, including Halifax, Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. 

Greenpeace Canada comprised a top 10 list of most collected pieces of plastic waste in Canada. The list includes food wrappers, cigarette filters, bags, and packaging. Ranking in 4th place were plastic straws. This list doesn’t surprise us at OkStraw Paper Straws, since so many North Americans use plastic straws. In the US alone, people use 500 million straws every day.

Where's the Corporate Responsibility?

In response to Greenpeace’s scathing report, these five companies explained their efforts to limit plastic waste in Canada. Their efforts include using recyclable plastics, and switching to compostable items. Are these efforts this enough, though? The short answer is “no”, according to Sarah King, head of Greenpeace Canada’s plastics campaign. 

King explains that using recyclable plastics isn’t enough if people don’t properly dispose of them. Using compostables isn’t enough either, because Greenpeace still found intact items like bioplastic cutlery on beaches. Unlike true biodegradables like OkStraw paper straws, many compostables still need to be broken down through industrial facilities. Because these companies consistently rank as top plastic polluters in Canada, they clearly aren’t doing enough.

Paper Straws for a Plastic-free Canada

With Prime Minister Trudeau’s government pledging to ban single-use plastics, these corporations have their work cut out. While these corporations need to improve, what changes can the average Canadian make? We at OkStraw Paper Straws believe more than you think. You can cut down on plastic waste in Canada by switching reusable and biodegradable alternatives. 

Bring your own coffee cup , shop with you own reusable bag, and replace single-use plastics with biodegradable alternatives. OkStraw’s biodegradable paper straws break down naturally. That means no special processing, and no littering Canadian beaches. So to our Neighbors to the North, demand corporate responsibility, ditch single-use plastics, and join the Cause for Paper Straws!