Sustainability Certifications - Food & Safety Compliance
You have many options when buying paper straws for your restaurant, bar, or cafe.
Many people choose OkStraw Paper Straws because of our commitment to the environment and sustainability, as well as our outstanding food & safety compliance standards.
The material used in the composition of these products is in compliance to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). This paper-based material comes from a sustainably managed forest with chain-of-custody procedures in place.
Biodegradability and Marine Degradability
OkStraw uses natural cellulose paper as the primary material of the paper drinking straws. Paper, being a natural fiber, is universally considered to be inherently biodegradable and is supported as such by organizations such as the San Francisco Food Service Ware Ordinance.
OkStraw paper straws, being made of paper and organic glue, naturally degrade in oceans, rivers, and lakes, and our paper straws are safe for marine life. All plastic straws, including biodegradable and compositable plastic straws, pose a serious threat to the marine environment as their fragments do not degrade and remain in the ocean, able to be ingested by marine organisms.
OkStraw™ has been assessed and certified as meeting the requirements of ISO 9001:2008. The paper drinking straw and cake stick products are included in the score of this registration.
FOOD SAFE – FDA/EU COMPLIANT
Our paper straws have been tested and approved to be in compliance with FDA test method 21 CFR 176.170. Testing was also conducted to obtain evidence of compliance with Council of Europe Resolution AP (2002) relating to paper materials and articles intended to come into contact with food. Our samples comply with The General Requirement (Article 3) in EU Regulation No. 1935/2004 as referenced in Report Number EFSH13080415-ST.
BfR – Federal Institute for Risk Assessment
This is Germany’s “FDA” and liaison to the European Food Safety Authority. The BfR prepared the EU Food Safety Almanac in close cooperation with the EFSA and has the task of providing scientific advice to the federal government of Germany on issues relating to food safety, product safety, chemical safety, and contaminants in the food chain for consumer health protection.
SGS – General Society of Surveillance
This is an independent French multinational company which provides inspections and quality verification. They measure the quantity, weight and quality of traded goods; the testing of quality and performance against various international health, safety and regulatory standards.
LFGB – Food and Commodities Act
This serves as Germany’s food safety management act. It is designed to match and exceed European Union standards, regulating all aspects of food in Germany including household items, food packaging materials, and chemicals which may migrate into food. All food-related commodities must meet the basic requirements of the LFGB.