eightysix straw lifecyle...
An invasive species that naturally occurs in wetlands across the globe, our grass is harvested without chemicals or additives growing to about 6 ft tall in about a year. By properly cutting at the stem, not the root, the grass is able to regrow quickly and in turn, crank out an additional blast of oxygen that can only come from regular harvesting. Water levels remain, ecosystems stays diverse, and endangered species, like the Sarus Crane can prosper.
Having been harvested for thousands of years to create woven baskets and hats, our small farmers know the simplest manner in which to efficiently and sustainably to harvest our grass straws. That combined with 21st century innovation in production and sustainable practices, and you have a 100% natural product that is created with an incredibly low carbon footprint*. It literally grows out of the ground like a straw.
We come from food and beverage. We need our things to work. So we obsess over our products on behalf of all of you who’ve had to put up with poorly functioning tools on a regular basis. We feel you and in response, we are constantly are making improvements and constantly making our products and processes more functional AND sustainable. We’re not there yet, but we are committed to improvement everyday.
Our meticulousness doesn’t end with the product. Unbleached kraft, 100% recycled content, water activated tape, vegetable dyes; our processes get better every day as we look to the latest innovations and best practices for keeping our environmental impact as low as possible. Especially in regards to packaging, shipping, and receiving.
We’re not just here to sell you straws. We’re here to eightysix single-use plasticand act as a gateway to more sustainable practices and like-minded partners. We also want sustainability to be accessible, provocative, and fun. In other words, we’re throwing a party, and we’re gonna do the planet some good at the same time. Join the fam <link to shop> and start the sustainability party at your venue, office, or home.
On land, in the ocean, or on the street, our straws naturally break down as soon as you’re done with them. Add them to your compost bin and you have a completely zero waste product. It’s that whole 100% natural, biodegradable, and compostable thing. We like to imagine a world where every venue had their own compost and while we’re not there yet, the conversation starts with “a straw that’s all good.”
Frequently Asked Questions
Bamboo, glass, and metal straws require a high level of maintenance in addition to posing potential liabilities for food service establishments. They are regularly stolen, they easily harbor bacteria and mold because they are so difficult to clean, and any breakage or damage from normal wear and tear can potentially harm the user.
Generally speaking wheat straws are too narrow to properly enjoy a drink unless you use two, are not functional enough to drink a frozen, and if you’re behind the bar, they’re too fragile to stir a drink. While being natural by-product of wheat production can definitely be seen as a positive, large-scale industrial grain farming ravages eco-systems through the use of heavy pesticides and fertilizers among many other environmental issues.
As everyone knows, paper tastes terrible and can only be used for a very short period of time because it dissolves so quickly. It also requires fresh raw tree resources and is manufactured with toxic glues, coatings and colors which prevent it from being recycled or composted. We’re all about saving the turtles, but it shouldn’t have to come at the expense of our forests (or our taste-buds).
Bioplastics require vast amounts of farmland and plant material to be produced, don’t break down unless in increasingly specific compost environments, and should they actually make it into the said environments (which is rare), they make soil and water more acidic, potentially polluting both land and ocean.
Literally grass that grows out of the ground in a straw-like shape, our straws do not contain any coatings or waxes. This means they will biodegrade and compost in most any environment but are especially great for your home or municipal compost facilities. Essentially it's like putting dried leaves in the compost and you should expect the breakdown time to be around 90 days depending on conditions.