Bendy Paper Straws from OkStraw are a Game Changer

Paper Straws for Inclusiveness

The Cause for Paper Straws is coming to cities across the US, with more plastic straw bans taking effect. Unfortunately, the cause wasn’t always inclusive for everyone. People with disabilities were left out, because they still had to use plastic straws. 

Many people with disabilities needed plastic bendy straws, because there wasn’t a paper straw good enough for them. Until now, that is, because OkStraw is excited to present our brand new ADA-compliant Bendy Paper Straw. With OkStraw’s Bendy Paper Straw, people with disabilities no longer need to worry about not having a straw that works for them.

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The Bendy Straw to Rule Them All

OkStraw’s Bendy Paper Straws are a game changer for people with disabilities, because they work! Seriously, finding a suitable paper bendy straw for people with disabilities is daunting. Most bendy paper straws either do not flex enough, or they fall apart. Not OkStraw’s Bendy Paper Straws, though, because they balance strength with flexibility.

At OkStraw Paper Straws, we applied all of our previous knowledge designing and making paper straws. Making an ADA-compliant bendy paper straw was no easy task, but we are proud of our achievement. The plastic’s straws days were running out fast, and with OkStraw Paper Bendy Straws, it’s game over!

Flexibility in More Ways than One

OkStraw Bendy Paper Straws are compatible with different types of Tetra Pak-type cartons. Eco-friendly, portable drinks now have paper bendy straws to go with them. OkStraw Bendy Paper Straws are also available with paper wrapping. Our goal was to be plastic-free, and our Bendy Paper Straws are a slam dunk.  

OkStraw Paper Bendy Straws come in a variety of colors patterns, and custom print options. Show us the logo you want, and we’ll put them on the straws. OkStraw’s Bendy Paper Straws are truly the full package. Come join the Cause with OkStraw’s new Paper Bendy Straws!

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Join OkStraw Paper Straws in Booth 1327 at the Western Foodservice Show in Los Angeles

OkStraw will be in Booth 1327 at LA Convention Center

OkStraw Paper Straws is pleased to showcase our newest line of paper straws at the Western Foodservice and Hospitality Expo 2019, from August 25th-27th. The Custom Print Western Foodservice Show Paper Straws will be provided by OkStraw to all participating vendors and attendees. 

The Expo is at Los Angeles Convention, located at 1201 S Figueroa Ave, right next to the Staples Center. Just a short drive from Downtown Los Angeles, but right at the heart of the action.

The Western Food Expo is the largest trade show of its type on the West Coast, with businesses from around the US and 39 countries attending. Top chefs will perform live demonstrations, and the Western Food Expo will host educational sessions. You can find OkStraw Paper Straws at Booth 1327, at Gourmet Way, where we will showcase our newest line of premium paper straws. 

OkStraw Paper Straws will be presenting our new 4-ply Boba Tea Paper Straws

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Boba and bubble tea drinks are California favorites, and OkStraw Paper Straws will present our new 4-ply Boba and Bubble Tea Paper Straws. OkStraw Boba and Bubble Tea Paper Straws won’t bend, collapse or go soggy before you finish your drink. If your business serves boba drinks, then visit the OkStraw booth and see the quality of our paper straws for yourself. 

With more local plastic straw bans in California coming into law, Boba Tea shops need a tough, eco-friendly straw for the task. OkStraw 4-ply bubble tea paper straws punch way above their weight for a price point that companies like Aardvark simply can’t match – OkStraw Boba and Bubble Tea Paper Straws are 50-60% less expensive than Aardvark.com! You will not find another 4-ply Boba Tea Paper Straw with this quality for the price.

OkStraw 4-ply Spoon Paper Straws are tough, long lasting utensils for your slurpee

The heat is on in Southern California this Summer, and more people want their icees and slushees. OkStraw Paper Straws has the perfect compliment for this summer favorite with our 4-ply Spoon Paper Straws, available in both 6mm and 8mm. OkStraw 4-ply Spoon Paper Straws are tough, long lasting utensils that hold up under the slushiest of slushies.  

Fighting against plastic straws needs a tough but flexible solution, and OkStraw’s new U-Shaped and Bendy Paper Straws are here for the job. Yes, that’s right, paper bendy straws! People needing to u-shaped straws and bendy straws for their drinks can finally make the switch to paper straws. Thanks to OkStraw’s U-Shaped and Bendy Paper Straws, everyone is welcome abroad the Cause for Paper Straws!

OkStraw Paper Straws offers custom print paper straws.

A strong brand identity is a must for any business, and branded foodware is a fun way to have this. OkStraw Paper Straws offers custom print paper straws to suit your company’s needs. We offer bulk pricing, low to no lead times and international shipping to your business’ location.

With an exciting new line of 4-ply paper Boba and Bubble Tea, Spoon, and Bendy Paper Straws available, OkStraw Paper Straws is here your business’ or restaurant’s needs. Come visit OkStraw in Booth 1327 for Western Foodservice Show Paper Straws – Join us in Los Angeles and join the Cause for Paper Straws!

Not all Paper Foodware is Created Equal

With more public opposition and more crackdowns on single-use plastics, eco-friendly disposable sales are booming. It seems like every day, a new company claims its products will heal this plastic-contaminated world. 

Not all of these so-called eco-friendly alternatives to single-use plastics are better for the planet, however. Some companies take shortcuts with their products, and under closer scrutiny, these eco-friendly claims start crumbling. Unlike OkStraw Paper Straws, which stands behind its eco-friendly products, these companies fall well short.

The PFAS Menace

Some of companies selling fiber bowls for soups and salads market them as eco-friendly alternatives to single-use plastic bowls. Many of these paper bowls, however, contain polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). PFAS chemicals are human made, and will never break down in the natural environment. Once PFAS chemicals enter the environment, they’re there forever.

What’s worse, if PFAS-laced materials mix with compostable materials, they will stop everything from breaking down. These facts truly shock and appall us at OkStraw Paper Straws. If there are PFAS chemicals in fiber bowls, then what other paper foodware products contain them? How many inferior paper plates, paper straws and takeout containers out there contain PFAS? At OkStraw, we believe shortcuts like this both endanger the environment, and hurt the cause against plastic. 

Finding a company that stands behind its eco-friendly claims is more important than ever.​

Reusable Single-Use Plastic?

News like this makes people think eco-friendly products are no better for the planet than single-use plastics. They might say that plastic straws can be recycled, so they are actually better than paper straws. Let’s hold on for a minute, because this argument misses the point. 

 

Yes, single-use plastics are TECHNICALLY reusable, but they almost never are. Plastic straws are too thin and flimsy to hold up long term, and most facilities can’t recycle them. Not only this, but plastics never truly decompose. They break apart into tiny pieces, or microplastics. These microplastics are now in the water we drink, the food we eat, and even the air we breathe. We need truly biodegradable, eco-friendly products that kick our addiction to plastic once and for all.

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OkStraw Never Compromises

Finding a company that stands behind its eco-friendly claims is more important than ever, but where? Where do you find a company that truly stands behind its biodegradable claims? OkStraw knows making real eco-friendly product leaves no room for shortcuts. That’s why at OkStraw Paper Straws, we go the distance, and never compromise our mission of sustainability.

OkStraw’s paper straws are PFAS free, and are made from organic paper, food dye, and glue. Unlike inferior BFAS-containing products, our paper straws won’t interfere with other properly biodegradable foodware. Should an OkStraw paper straw end up in the ocean or on the ground, it won’t stick around for long. 

Paper Straws that Protect the Planet

OkStraw’s paper straws also carry the organic composting company Cedar Grove’s seal of approval. Cedar Grover is a member of the nationwide Composting Manufacturing Alliance (CMA). CMA’s partners rigorously field test biodegradable foodware, ensuring these products truly compost in the natural world. OkStraw doesn’t just talk a good game about making biodegradable paper straws. We have the credentials to prove it. 

We make our paper straws from materials that exist in this ecosystem, not from fossil fuels or synthetic chemicals. OkStraw’s paper straws are born from our living planet, and when they reach the end of their service life, they return to it. With OkStraw Paper Straws, there are neither shortcuts nor compromises. Just strong American quality.

McDonald’s “Unrecyclable” Paper Straws

McDonald’s recently admitted that the paper straws it rolled out last year in its UK and Ireland restaurants are not recyclable. This news marks the latest PR snag for the multinational restaurant corporation’s switch from plastic straws. 

McDonald’s replaced plastic straws with biodegradable paper straws at these restaurants in 2018, after other corporations stopped using plastic straws. The switch to paper was also necessary, as the UK government banned single-use plastic straws and drink stirrers. At OkStraw, we understand this issue, but we are not dissuaded from standing behind eco-friendly straws.

McDonald’s in the UK and Ireland is advising people to treat their new straws as waste items.

Using high quality paper straws is a must.

Paper Straw Struggles

McDonald’s paper straw switch had growing pains with its customers. People initially complained that these biodegradable straws were collapsing in milkshakes, and were dissolving too quickly. Photos of McDonald’s-branded drinks with bent, soggy and collapsed straws began spreading across social media platforms.

McDonald’s responded to these complaints by making their biodegradable paper straws thicker, but this caused new problems. These new straws were too thick to be recycled by waste processing machines. McDonald’s announced that it is working with its waste management providers to resolve this issue. Until then, however, McDonald’s in the UK and Ireland is advising people to throw their new straws in the trash.

Single-use plastic straws are almost never recycled

Real Cost of Biodegradable Straws

Critics pointed out that McDonald’s replaced recyclable plastic straws with non-recyclable paper straws. While this may be true in theory, in reality, single-use plastic straws are almost never recycled. Most recycling facilities cannot process plastic straws, because they are too flimsy. Plastic straws end up as trash, and often wreak havoc on our environment.

While some biodegradable straws are not easily recyclable, what they do to the environment is a world of difference from plastic straws. Organic paper that end up in waters safely biodegrades, and does not endanger animals. Plastic straws on the other hand will continue to endanger the wellbeing of marine animals and eventually humans. At OkStraw, we know the real cost of paper straws is far less than plastic straws.

Plastic straws can cause irreparable harm to the environment

McDonald's Sticks to Paper Straws

While some people want McDonald’s to bring back plastic straws, the company is holding steady to its paper commitment. With the UK’s plastic straw ban and growing public support for the ban, McDonald’s is on the right path. 

 

We at OKStraw would like to commend McDonald’s for committing to end plastic waste. Yes, they may face some disapproval, and there will be growing pains. Ultimately, however, the most important things in our lives are the ones worth fighting for. We only have one planet, and keeping it healthy might be the most important of all.

Delaware the Newest State to Pass Plastic Bag Ban

We at OkStraw are excited to announce that Delaware is the newest state to pass a plastic bag ban. Governor John Carney signed House Bill 130 into law on July 29th, which takes effect on January 1st, 2021. Governor Carney also signed in Senate Substitute 1 for Senate Bill 5. SB5 will increase fines for illegal dumping, and establish a Litter Investigation and Enforcement Fund. 

Delaware’s plastic bag ban is the result of Carney’s Keep DE Litter Free, and anti-pollution activists like Dee Durham. Durham is the co-founder of Plastic Free Delaware, and began her fight for a plastic bag ban over a decade ago. OkStraw Paper Straws would like to congratulate Delaware on its fight against plastic waste.

Plastic bags are the fourth most commonly found form of litter around the world

Plastic straws and plastic bags are extremely harmful to marine animals.

According to Durham, less than 10 percent of single-use plastic bags are recycled. The  rest end up in the landfill, on roads, or in waters. According to State Senator Stephanie Hansen, plastic bags are the fourth most commonly found form of litter around the world. Unlike paper bags and paper straws, plastic bags and plastic straws never go away. Once they enter the environment, they are extremely difficult or even impossible to remove. Delaware’s plastic bag ban is a great first step to mitigate this environmental disaster.

Activist Dee Dunham is exploring a plastic straw ban as the next step in her fight against plastic waste. As plastic straw ban and plastic bag bans often go hand-in-hand, this is a natural step to take. Switching from plastic straws to paper straws and bags is one of the easiest ways to lower plastic waste. With high quality paper straw offerings from companies like OkStraw, it’s even easier.

Many Delawareans are already making the switch before the plastic bag ban

On January 1st of 2021, Delawareans will join the other 55 percent of the world’s population, who live under a plastic bag ban. Many Delawareans are already making the switch before the plastic bag ban, going paper or reusable. Citizen participation shows promise for more changes. Delaware could be one step closer to moving away from plastic straws, and switching to more sustainable paper straws.

When the plastic bag ban goes into law, Delaware will join states like New York, Hawaii and California. If Delaware’s fight against plastic waste succeeds, the state could be the first to have a full plastic straw ban. For now, other states have only banned restaurants from handing out straws, unless requested. A full plastic straw ban could make Delaware a small state with a big impact on the Midatlantic region, and the rest of America. Should this happen, the future for the paper straw in its birth region looks bright.

LRA Expo 2019

OkStraw Paper Straws is excited to announce that it will be exhibiting at the Louisiana Restaurants Association (LRA) EXPO 2019, located at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center, from August 3rd through the 5th. Attendees can find us at Booth 1107. 

We at OkStraw are proud to showcase the newest offerings in our ever-growing range of paper straws. Among these newest items are our 4-ply boba tea paper straws and 4-ply spoon paper straws. These new 4-ply paper straws are the toughest and most durable yet, and are a sure to be a hit among customers.

The Louisiana Restaurants Association EXPO is the biggest and most attended restaurant and hospitality trade show of its kind in the region, where business owners and representatives restaurant and hospitality establishments from across the U.S. will convene. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet exhibitors face-to-face, and forge new partnerships.

LRA was founded in 1946 to advocate for Louisiana’s restaurant and food service businesses among elected officials, and since then the organization carries a reputation as a peer leader among other states’ organizations. LRA today has 9 chapters across the State of Louisiana, with thousands of businesses as members.

 

With more states and cities placing bans on single-use plastic straws, the demand for high quality paper straws at wholesale restaurant pricing has never been greater.

LRA EXPO 2019 will be OkStraw’s debut at the event, but it most certainly will not be our last. With more states and cities placing bans on single-use plastic straws, the demand for high quality paper straws at restaurant wholesale pricing has never been greater. OkStraw has previously exhibited at the 2019 International Restaurant and Foodservice Show of New York, and the 2019 International Restaurant Association Show in Chicago.

We at OkStraw are excited to build rapport with owners and representatives of restaurants, hotels and cafes from across the country. With competitive wholesale paper straw deals and custom designs available to suit your establishment’s needs, we are here to deliver service as strong as our straws. 

OkStraw Paper Straws: Why Choose Us?

The paper straw market is on fire, with many new companies grabbing for a piece of the pie. With so many competing options in this booming, you might be overwhelmed. Are all paper straws the same? What should I look for in a quality paper straw? Do materials matter? And how do I know I am getting a good deal? 

At OkStraw, we take the guessing work out, and streamline this buying process. OkStraw offers a wide selection of quality products, and a quick and responsive team to walk you through the buying process. At OkStraw, we strive to provide service as strong as our paper straws.

We at OkStraw Paper Straws take no shortcuts with our straws. Some competitors manufacture their paper straws with low-grade cardboard, but we make our paper straws multiple layers of high-weight paper. This manufacturing gives our paper straws a more durable design that will not snap in half or pinch shut. We know that first impressions can change people’s opinions about paper straws forever.

 

OkStraw’s paper straws are available in both 3-ply and 4-ply thickness. Our 3-ply option is ideal for customers seeking a balance of strength and economy. 3-ply is the industry standard, but thanks to our manufacturing, OkStraw’s 3-plies have superior strength. 4-ply paper straws from OkStraw are our premium option, offering unparalleled performance. In fact, OkStraw’s 4-ply paper straws are rated to last over 5 hours while submerged in drinks. When you buy an paper straw from OkStraw, you buy a product that punches way above its pricepoint.

 

OkStraw’s 4-ply paper straws are rated to last over 5 hours while submerged in drinks.

We at OkStraw make our paper straws from biodegradable, organic kraft paper, oils and glues. We don’t use wax or chemicals that could prevent our straws from composting properly. We will never compromise our sustainability pledge in the name of cost cutting. 

Making fully biodegradable but tough paper straws was no easy task, but we believe it was the only way. We source our paper from a sustainably managed forest, and we comply with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and Sustainable Forest Iniative (SFI). OkStraw also complies with FDA, EU and German BfF food safety regulations.

OkStraw designs and manufactures its own products.

Lastly, OkStraw designs and manufactures its own paper straws. This means that OkStraw clients have the choice of specifying custom designs, colors, graphics for their paper straws. Additionally, OkStraw clients have shorter lead times than they would with competitors. We can accomplish all of this because we do not outsource our production to third party manufacturers.

With more plastic straw bans coming, finding a sustainable, quality and affordable alternative can be overwhelming. Rest easy, however, OkStraw is here for your service, with custom options, durable straws, and sustainable manufacturing. OkStraw Paper Straws is here to deliver the finishing blow to plastic straws once and for all. 

Oregon Plastic Straw Ban – Oregon Passes Single-Use Plastic Straw Law

2020 Plastic Straw Ban is Here

Starting in January 2020, Oregon has banned restaurants and bars from using plastic straws. Paper Straws are an alternative.

Oregon has followed California in becoming the second US state to enact restrictions on single use plastic straws. The measure was passed by the Oregon House of Representatives on May 29th, 2019, with a winning margin of 48-12. The new law will ban restaurants from providing single-use plastic straws unless customers request one, similar to California’s law. Restaurants can still provide customers with paper strawsr.

Drive-thru restaurants and pharmacies will still be allowed to offer straws, however. Addressing reporters, Oregon governor Kate Brown voiced her support for the new ban, citing a need to raise public awareness of the effects single-use plastics have on the environment, and encourage people to make sustainable changes to their lifestyles. 

As residents of an eco-conscious destination like Oregon, we at OkStraw Paper Straws know plastic waste is an economic disaster. After all, who wants to go to an Oregon beach  or forest if it’s littered with plastic?

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These new restrictions on single-use plastic straws are the start of Oregon’s fight to reduce plastic waste.

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Plastic Straw Ban Measure Passed Both Houses in Oregon

On the floor of the Oregon House, lawmakers discussed a widely viewed YouTube video from 2015, which shows scientists removing a plastic straw lodged in a sea turtle’s nostril. Republican lawmakers in the House however opposed the measure, arguing that there was no evidence that proved plastic straws used by Oregon residents were harming birds and sea turtles, and that the ban would simply introduce more bureaucracy. 

Other Oregon House Republicans did not oppose the ban, however, arguing that it does not outright prohibit customers from requesting plastic straws. They also supported a clause in the legislation that prevents cities such as Portland from passing plastic straw bans that go further than the new state law. 

A number of environmentalists however did not support these two exceptions to the new plastic straw law. As a result, some groups withdrew their support for the bill. These new restrictions on single-use plastic straws are the start of Oregon’s fight to reduce plastic waste. In the weeks following the plastic straw bill, the State Senate passed a new ban on single-use plastic shopping bags, with a 5-cent fee on reusable plastic and paper bags.

 

 

Plastic straw bans can encourage people to make more sustainable adjustments to their lives

Oregon’s new partial ban on plastic straws comes at a pivotal time in the fight for sustainability. The World Economic Forum has projected that by the year 2050, there will be more plastic in Earth’s oceans than fish. 

Laws such as California’s and now Oregon’s can serve to make residents more cognizant of using any plastic item only once, and then throwing it away without thought. For businesses serving single-use foodware, paper straws, paper plates and paper takeout containers are a far more sustainable alternative to their plastic counterparts.

While they may seem small in impact at first, plastic straw bans can encourage people to make more sustainable adjustments to their lives. When more people take small steps like switching from single-use plastic straws to eco-friendly alternatives like paper straws, they can make bigger changes to their lifestyles that will lead to a healthier planet. 

At OkStraw Paper Straws, we encourage everyone to follow our lead, and ditch single-use plastics for biodegradable alternatives. We only use biodegradable, food grade materials to make our paper straws. From cocktails to bendy straws and boba bubble tea, there’s an OkStraw Paper Straw for every drink and everyone. So whether you’re out for drinks in Portland or sipping tea in Bend, ditch the plastic, and join the Cause for Paper Straws!

Why We Do What We Do at OKSTRAW™

When we think of any cold beverage we enjoy on the go, we will probably drink it through a plastic straw. World demand for plastic straws is enormous, with Americans alone using 500 million of them per day. Many of us are unaware, however, that single use plastic straws are destroying our oceans’ ecosystems. Plastic straws are almost impossible to recycle, and as a result, they end up among the millions of tons of trash that litter our oceans. Animals who live in oceans will often accidentally ingest plastic straws and die. As a result, entire ecosystems can be permanently damaged and even decimated, impacting millions of people around the world who depend on our precious resource of the oceans to survive.

With the future of the oceans and millions of people at stake, advocacy groups, companies, and governments are rising to the challenge of cutting out the deadly waste from single use plastic straws. At OKSTRAW, we are more than ever prepared to conquer this monumental challenge of producing and supplying eco-friendly alternatives to the destructive single use plastic straw, while also meeting the extremely high-volume consumer demand for beverage straws. In our mission to supply the world with new sustainable utensil options, there is no alternative but to end our addiction to plastic straws.

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