International Restaurant and Foodservice Show - New York 2020 okstraw paper straws

International Restaurant and Foodservice Show – New York

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BOOTH 1456

Join OkStraw Paper Straws in booth 1456 at the International Restaurant and Foodservice Show – New York, from March 8th to 10th. Our team is ready to meet your paper straw needs!

For attendees focusing on cafe supply, bar supply and restaurant supply, be sure to stop and meet us at OkStraw Paper Straws. With competitively priced and high strength paper straws, OkStraw is the one-stop shop to meet your eco-friendly foodware supply needs.

Strength Comes in 4-Plies - Boba Straws and More

International Restaurant and Foodservice Show – New York attendees will find all the popular offerings from OkStraw Paper Straws, and then some. Along with our affordable-but-tough 3-ply paper straws, OkStraw’s 4-ply paper straw inventory keeps getting bigger. Our 4-ply paper straws have unbeatable strength and longevity: how does 5 hours in a drink sound? 

 

For International Restaurant and Foodservice Show – New York attendees in the cafe supply business, OkStraw Paper Straws has you covered. Our 4-ply Boba Paper Straws are plastic straw ban compliant, but they don’t sacrifice performance. Not only are they rated for 5 hours, but they come with diagonal cut tips, making them perfect for piercing sealed tops. How can we make bubble tea paper straws strong enough to piece a bubble tea lid? Well let’s just say it was top secret!

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Spoon Straws and U-Shaped Bendy Straws

Finding plastic ban-compliant straws can be a real struggle for folks in restaurant supply, but OkStraw Paper Straws makes it easier. International Restaurant and Foodservice Show – New York attendees selling slushies will find OkStraw Spoon Paper Straws perfect for their needs. Available in 4-ply and in multiple sizes, OkStraw spoon paper straws hold up to any blended ice drink, and won’t collapse or go soggy. 

International Restaurant and Foodservice Show – New York attendees in restaurant supply know they need straws for everyone. However, it’s challenging to find good bendable paper straws. At OkStraw Paper Straws, we say challenge accepted.  OkStraw’s Bendy Paper Straws are ADA-compliant, making them a real alternative to plastic bendy straws. Try our bendable paper straws at International Restaurant and Foodservice Show – New York and you’ll agree, the plastic straw is finished.

Come See Us!

From humble 3-ply, to specialty 4-ply paper bubble tea straws, OkStraw Paper Straws has you covered. With custom prints available, fast lead times and certified biodegradability, OkStraw has your business covered. When you’re at International Restaurant and Foodservice Show – New York, come see OkStraw at Booth 1456, and join the Cause for Paper Straws!

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RCSHOW – Restaurants Canada Show – Toronto

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BOOTH 3016

Join OkStraw Paper Straws in booth 3016 at the Restaurants Canada Show in Toronto from March 1st to 3rd. Our team is ready to meet your paper straw needs!

For attendees focusing on cafe supply, bar supply and restaurant supply, be sure to stop and meet us at OkStraw Paper Straws. With competitively priced and high strength paper straws, OkStraw is the one-stop shop to meet your eco-friendly foodware supply needs.

Strength Comes in 4-Plies - Boba Straws and More

Restaurants Canada Show attendees will find all the popular offerings from OkStraw Paper Straws, and then some. Along with our affordable-but-tough 3-ply paper straws, OkStraw’s 4-ply paper straw inventory keeps getting bigger. Our 4-ply paper straws have unbeatable strength and longevity: how does 5 hours in a drink sound? 

For Restaurants Canada Show attendees in the cafe supply business, OkStraw Paper Straws has you covered. Our 4-ply Boba Paper Straws are plastic straw ban compliant, but they don’t sacrifice performance. Not only are they rated for 5 hours, but they come with diagonal cut tips, making them perfect for piercing sealed tops. How can we make bubble tea paper straws strong enough to piece a bubble tea lid? Well let’s just say it was top secret!

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Spoon Straws and U-Shaped Bendy Straws

Finding plastic ban-compliant straws can be a real struggle for folks in restaurant supply, but OkStraw Paper Straws makes it easier. Restaurants Canada Show attendees selling slushies will find OkStraw Spoon Paper Straws perfect for their needs. Available in 4-ply and in multiple sizes, OkStraw spoon paper straws hold up to any blended ice drink, and won’t collapse or go soggy. 

Restaurants Canada Show Toronto attendees in restaurant supply know they need straws for everyone. However, it’s challenging to find good bendable paper straws. At OkStraw Paper Straws, we say challenge accepted.  OkStraw’s Bendy Paper Straws are ADA-compliant, making them a real alternative to plastic bendy straws. Try our bendable paper straws at Restaurants Canada Show and you’ll agree, the plastic straw is finished.

Come See Us!

From humble 3-ply, to specialty 4-ply paper bubble tea straws, OkStraw Paper Straws has you covered. With custom prints available, fast lead times and certified biodegradability, OkStraw has your business covered. When you’re at Restaurants Canada Show Toronto, come see OkStraw at Booth 3016, and join the Cause for Paper Straws!

Paper Straws for the Political Primaries

Paper Straws for the Political Primaries

2020’s in full swing, and that means it’s Primary Season. Millions of Americans are going to the polls, and selecting their preferred candidates. Naturally, only one candidate will win this race, but that doesn’t tamp down the thrill of the competition. So grab a drink, and enjoy the show!

 

Aside from the Primaries, there is another race going on, but it’s already won. To which race are we at OkStraw referring? The race for the best single-use straw, of course! The competition is hot, but there still remains one true standout winner. Spoiler alert: it’s paper straws!




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With the Iowa Caucus wrapped up and the New Hampshire Primaries this week, election season’s in full swing! Over here in California, we have Super Tuesday’s coming up on March 3nd, and we’re heading to the polls! Here at OkStraw Paper Straws, we want to see eligible folks to get out and make their voices heard. 

 

To celebrate this living tradition, we offer a number of seasonal paper straw designs. Try our American Flag Paper Straws to celebrate the Star Spangled Banner, available in jumbo cocktail size. Sticking with the patriotic theme, OkStraw also has red and blue star straws, and red and blue striped straws. For those who want a mix of all three designs, we have you covered with our Patriot Pack. Paper straws and voting: doesn’t get more all-American than that!

Last year, the Trump campaign launched their line of plastic straws. Designed to “trigger the libs”, this set of red Trump-branded 10 paper straws retailed for 15 dollars. Wait, what!? Yep, a dollar fifty for an ordinary old plastic straw, it’s THAT absurd. So much for “overpriced” paper straws! While OkStraw isn’t here toe a Democratic or Republican party line, how could we NOT respond? 

 

Now we have Liberal Paper Straws by OkStraw, just what you need to trigger your red plastic straw using neighbor. Proudly displaying the L-word and donkey mascot, OkStraw Liberal Paper Straws are trolling made sustainable. So when your neighbor shows off that flimsy $1.50 plastic straw, whip out your Liberal Paper Straw and show ‘em who’s more fiscally responsible!

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Here at OkStraw Paper Straws, we’re keeping the American traditions paper straws and voting alive. That’s correct, born right in our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., paper straws are as American as it gets. The primaries are still ongoing, but paper straws are already victorious, and they’re defending their title.

 

OkStraw paper straws are biodegradable and fully organic, using no animal-based products. Available in various prints, custom and in 3-ply or 4-play, there’s a paper straw just for you. From the staple jumbo cocktail paper straw, to the angled cut Bubble Tea Paper Straw, and even ADA-compliant paper bendy straws. So get out, cast your votes and join the Cause for Paper Straws!

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Californians Vote to Reduce Plastic Waste in 2020

We know plastic waste affects everyone and every place, and California’s no exception. People want change, but what happens when the politicians can’t seem to take action? Petitions go out, signatures come in, and the people exercise their right to vote. When it comes to reducing single-use plastics, this scenario might just be on the horizon.

 

A Bay Area waste hauler and several environmental groups are aiming to put plastic reduction on the California ballot. Citing Sacramento’s failure to act, they hope California voters choose to finally cut down on plastic waste. At OkStraw Paper Straws, we know nothing wakes up politicians quite like a public referendum. 

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Third Bill's The Charm?

Plastic waste chokes marine habitats and overwhelms recycling facilities. While there are many plastic culprits,  single-use plastics are among the worst. They only get used once, but they litter the environment forever. Think plastic straws or food packaging, and then you’ll realize how pervasive single-use plastics really are. Unless companies are compelled to use biodegradable alternatives, then they have no incentive to cut out single-use plastics. 

This year, California’s State Legislature in Sacramento had the opportunity to pass bills to limit single-use plastics. The bills would have required manufacturers to take responsibility for plastics they produce. Manufacturers would have needed to make fully recyclable or compostable materials, and limit single-use plastics. These two bills, however, failed to get the necessary votes, and died at the state capitol.

The New Recycling Bill Explained

That’s where this new bill comes in, and it goes further than those two dead plastic waste bills. Under the proposed bill, all plastic packaging and single-use foodware items must be recyclable or compostable by 2030. There will also be up to a 1 cent manufacturer fee for making plastic items and packaging. This fee will go to building composting and recycling facilities, and pay for beach cleanups. 

At OkStraw Paper Straws, we like seeing legislation that both addresses single-use plastic, and deals with the waste issue. The plastic waste bill must have 623,212 signatures by April 2020, in order to be on the November ballot. Behind this ballot effort is Recology, a waste hauling company based in San Francisco. Recology focuses on sustainable waste management practices, and supporting this initiative demonstrates their corporate social responsibility. 

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Stay Vigilant, Californians!

OkStraw welcomes this initiative, here’s our warning to fellow Californians. If the initiative gets on the ballot, then get ready for a PR onslaught from plastic companies. Plastic industry lobbyist groups will try to kill a plastic recycling bill, just like they did in Sacramento. One of these lobbyist groups is Californians for Recycling and the Environment (CRE). 

During the debate in Sacramento, CRE warned that the two recycling bills would hurt Californians by banning products like dog food and toothpaste. These were nothing but scare tactics, but the damage was done. Misinformed lawmakers feared backlash from their constituents, and killed the bills. Unless California residents know the truth about this recycling bill, then they’ll fall victim to these scare tactics too. 

Paper Straws for a Sustainable California

From us at OkStraw to our fellow Californians: Don’t believe the scary stories plastics companies tell you. This recycling bill won’t take away your toothpaste and dog food, it will hold plastic companies accountable. If we want to heal our oceans and fight climate change, then we need to recycle all plastic, and replace it when we can. 

Fortunately, great biodegradable alternatives to plastic are out there, and our paper straws are one of them. OkStraw Paper Straws never need special composting, and come from sustainable forestry practices. From ADA-compliant paper bendy straws to paper bubble tea straws, there’s a biodegradable straw for every drink. So California, get to the polls, voice your support for recycling, and join the Cause for Paper Straws!

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OkStraw Remembers Kobe Bryant

It’s with heart-shattering sadness that we at OkStraw Paper Straws announce the tragic and untimely death of basketball legend Kobe Bryant, along with his daughter Gianna, and 7 others in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning, January 26th. This tragedy hit us incredibly hard, and we’re still coming to terms with the loss of Kobe. 

 

For us millennials, Kobe Bryant was our generation’s Michael Jordan or Kareem Abdul Jabar. Kobe absolutely dominated the court during his 20-year playing career with the Los Angeles Lakers, breaking numerous records. At OkStraw Paper Straws, we want to dedicate this article to an icon who inspired passion through perseverance, tragically taken from this life.

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Kobe Bryant’s fateful journey was an otherwise routine trip; he regularly flew by helicopter to avoid Los Angeles’ infamous traffic. All 9 people departed from John Wayne Airport in neighboring Orange County to Burbank Airport, where they were to attend a basketball game at Kobe’s Mamba Sports Academy near Thousand Oaks, west of Los Angeles. 

 

On board was Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, Orange Coast College basketball coach John Altobelli and his wife Keri and daughter Alyssa, Sarah Chester and her daughter Payton, Mamba’s assistant basketball coach Christina Mauser, and pilot Ara Zobayan. Payton, Alyssa and Gianna were all teammates on Mamba’s basketball team that Kobe coached, and were set to play that day. 

During the flight, the helicopter, a Sikorsky S-76B, was near Burbank Airport when it flew westward. Before the helicopter could land, it ascended briefly before descending at high speed and crashing into a steep hillside in the suburban city of Calabasas, west of Los Angeles, at 9:47 AM. Tragically, everyone on board the helicopter lost their lives, despite emergency responders’ best efforts. 

 

While accident investigators have not yet determined the cause, heavy fog that morning and possible engine failure are being considered. Let us recognize the unbelievable pain the families and friends of those 9 souls who lost their lives that flight are experiencing. Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna are survived by wife and mother Vanessa, and their three daughters Natalia, Bianka, and 7 month-old Capri. 

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If there was anyone who fit the description of a real superhero to us at OkStraw, then Kobe was a top contender. Kobe didn’t put on a cape and a mask when he went to work, and he certainly wasn’t bitten by a radioactive spider. In fact, Kobe’s superhero prowess on the basketball court came from something that exists in all of us: passion.

For Kobe Bryant, passion in what he did was more than just a word, it was a method for his life. During his high school years, Kobe would show up for practice at 5 AM, while everyone else was still asleep, he played classmates in one-on-one games to 100, and practiced shooting hoops in the dark. Kobe even practiced his moves on court without a basketball, according to Shaquille O’Neal, something that surely raised a few eyebrows.

Injuries rarely slowed Kobe down, thanks to his passion. During the Lakers’ 1999-2000 season, Kobe broke his wrist, but he still showed up to practice with his right arm in a cast, and dribbled and shot with his left instead. No lights, basketball or dominant arm to use? Kobe still found a way to play; passion was his way of life.

Kobe Bryant’s passion didn’t end at the basketball court, he took this way of life and applied it to everything he did. Kobe worked with the Make-A-Wish-Foundation for more than 20 years, personally meeting over 100 children suffering from critical illnesses. In 2012, Kobe helped raise $81 million for cancer research on behalf of Stand Up To Cancer, and the year prior, he and Vanessa founded an organization that helps homeless youths in Los Angeles. 

 

Kobe’s fame and Kobe’s 2017 animated short film Dear Basketball even won him an Academy Award. While we can’t all be legendary basketball players like Kobe, we can certainly learn a thing or two from him, and make ourselves better people. If we applied that intense passion to our lives at even a tenth of the energy that Kobe lived his, imagine what we could achieve. Kobe taught us that passion doesn’t only need to be a side hobby, it can be an entire way of life.

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From all of us at OkStraw, we would like to give our most sincere condolences to the families of everyone on that fateful helicopter flight. Losing such an iconic person like Kobe Bryant is a horrible punch to the heart, but let’s honor his legacy in the best way we can. 

Let’s fire up this unstoppable juggernaut of passion within ourselves, and strive to do our best, no matter in what it may be. We’re only on this planet for a very short time, and whether or not we all think it’s a one-shot deal, let’s treat it like it is. Whether it be playing basketball,  always do better than necessary. Our hearts go out to the families and friends of those whose lives were cut far too on that flight.

New 2020 Organic Recycling Rules for California

2020 is here, and that means new laws took effect on New Year’s Day. Starting January 1st, the State of California now requires more restaurants to recycle their organic waste. Restaurants producing 2 cubic yards of organic waste weekly will now need to recycle them. California’s limit used to be 4 cubic yards, so the new limit affects more businesses than ever.

 

Here at OkStraw Paper Straws, we think California’s push for more organic recycling is a necessary move. If we want to fight climate change and sustain food production, then we need organic recycling. So let’s unpack what changes the new law brings, and how it affects your business.

What Exactly is Organic Waste?

Some folks may not know what’s considered “organic waste”, so let’s clear up the confusion. Also called “green waste”, organic waste spans a list of different materials. Organic waste includes uneaten food (organic or non-organic), landscape trimmings like grass, leaves or branches, and compostable paper. 

 

Compostable paper includes food-soiled paper, and biodegradable paper. Since OkStraw Paper Straws are both compostable and biodegradable, they technically count as organic waste. Because restaurants deal in food, they’ll generate organic waste. Whether it’s an uneaten potato or lettuce stumps, this organic waste needs to be recycled. If your restaurant produces 2 or more cubic yards of organic waste every week, then you need to recycle.

Why Organic Recycling is so Important

So know what counts as organic waste, but why does California care so much about it? California cares because organic recycling helps fight climate change. Organic waste that decomposes in the landfill produces large amounts of methane. Methane is far more aggressive than CO2, so we don’t want large emissions. 

Organic recycling helps capture these methane emissions, and lowers greenhouse gasses. As we at OkStraw Paper Straws know the threat climate change poses to everyone, we think organic recycling is a mandatory step to take.

 

The other reason why organic recycling is so important is that: recycling. Soil from organic waste is rich in nutrients, which helps farmers grow crops more efficiently. Organic waste is an agricultural goldmine, so why let it rot away in a landfill? Seems like wasted money and potential, right? We think so, which is why we at OkStraw ensured that our paper straws are organically recyclable.

California’s Organic Recycling Goals

This organic recycling law wasn’t the first one the California state legislature passed. In 2014, Governor Brown signed a bill into law, requiring a 50% reduction in organic disposal in 5 years. Five years later, however, California didn’t meet its recycling goal. By mandating organic recycling for more restaurants, California is serious about finally hitting this target.

 

With more restaurants falling under the new organic recycling law, California is on its way to finally meeting this goal. California allows some exemptions, however. These include places without local organic recyclers, and restaurants without the space for organic recycling containers. Eventually, we at OkStraw Paper Straws want to see ALL organic waste in California get recycled. 

 

Are Paper Straws Organically Recyclable?

Given this news about changes to California’s organic recycling law, we started thinking. “Are OkStraw paper straws organically recyclable?”. Well looking back, California considers compostable paper with food stains organically recyclable. OkStraw Paper Straws are certainly compostable, and they absorb whatever drink they were in. So it’s safe to say that YES, OkStraw paper straws can go in the organic recycling. 

 

Not all paper straws are organically recyclable, though. Some paper straws have wax or even plastic linings, so they can’t be organically recycled. Whereas OkStraw organic paper straws have none of these strengtheners added. We only sustainably sourced paper, vegan-safe glues and food safe mineral oils in our paper straws. 

 

Available in countless sizes, custom prints and in 3 or 4 ply, there’s an OkStraw paper straw for every California restaurant. From ADA-compliant paper bendy straws to bubble tea paper straws, we have them all. So to California restaurants out there, get 2020 in full swing, and join the Cause for Organic Recyclable Paper Straws!

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Bulk Paper Straws

Volume Discounts on All Bulk Paper Straw Orders

*Discounts start with the purchase of 5 or more cases and increase with higher volume orders. Contact sales@okstraw.com or call (866)939-3227 if you are a restaurant group looking to buy paper straws in bulk. 

DISTRIBUTORS AND WHOLESALERS NEEDED:

We are looking for restaurant, bar, and cafe distributors who want to add a premium paper straw to their product line!

Interested in adding OKSTRAW Paper Straws to your line of products? We are happy to get you set up. Please fill out the following form. If you have questions, please send them to sales@okstraw.com or give us a call at 866.939.3227.

We have custom pricing specific for high volume distributors. Please email us about ordering quantities and custom designs.

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Unique Designs Paper Straws

Dozens of Unique Designs, Colors, and Sizes for our Paper Straws

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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

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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!