Refuse the Straw (in style)
Any beach goer or eager beach cleaner upper will tell you that plastic straw pollution is no joke. The amount of plastic straws entering landfill and our beautiful oceans every single day really sucks. Plastic straws are typically only used for around 20 minutes, are often not recycled, and are one of the most commonly found plastic items on beach clean ups. They cause damage to wild and marine life, and take up to 500 years to decompose.
This little set was inspired by a set I made for myself quite some time ago to store my own straws in that I bought whilst in Bali, to help me to stop sucking and #REFUSETHESTRAW It worked wonders, and my original bag is still in perfect condition and well used and loved.
The set includes one 100% natural reusable 20cm bamboo straw, one 18.5cm reusable straw cleaning brush, and one 100% organic cotton straw pouch to help you keep your straw clean and safe.
Our reusable bamboo straws are 100% natural and made by a family run business in Bali. They source their bamboo from their own forest plot, cut the bamboo into pieces using cutting machines, then wash them inside and out using only water, leaving them to dry naturally in the sun. No chemicals are used in this process.
We are proud to work with a local Balinese supplier that shares our values, and that were used by Greenpeace Indonesia to supply eco-friendly products for their environmental events.
Our bamboo straws are made to last a long time, but if for any reason you wish to dispose of your straws you will be happy to know they are 100% compostable and biodegradable, returning back to raw natural materials very quickly.
The Straw Pouches are handmade and hand embroidered here in the UK by me with 100% natural undyed Organic Cotton from India (9.2 in x 1.8 in). We use natural and undyed materials as they are much better for the environment.
The coloured thread used to embroider the pineapple design is 100% cotton, but as this cotton was donated and collected from various sources it isn’t possible to verify if the cotton is organic or dyed with natural plant dyes. As the donated supplies run out, I will replace them with eco-friendly dyed organic thread. For now I would like to use up whats available to me to stop more products going to waste.
It is possible to have a straw pouch made without an embroidery pattern on it if you prefer. Please just get in touch.
The straw brush cleaners have steel handles with nylon BPA free food grade bristles, and are made ethically in China. We would love to find a plastic free alternative, but for now these were the best alternative we could find. They are very sturdy, and will last a very long time and can be used for other purposes other than cleaning your straws- cleaning narrow bottles for example.
Taking Care of Your Straws:
After each use it is important to clean and dry your straws properly, to make sure they last. If you are drinking water or a soft drink, they can just be rinsed with luk warm water and a small drop of washing up liquid. If using your straws for a thicker drink such as a smoothie, use a drop of washing up liquid and your straw cleaning brush to make sure no bits get left inside of your straw that will make your straw icky to use.
Always let your bamboo straws dry fully. I place mine in a clean and dry glass jar without the lid on (see picture) and not overcrowded with other straws.
Store your straws in a well-ventilated place, and never in air-tight sealed containers.
As these straws are natural, each one is unique, just like you, varying slightly in colour and width. If you order more than one straw, they will vary in shade and width. See picture three for an example of how varied the straw widths can be.
As each bag is handmade, they are also all slightly unique too. Sometimes a bag may be slightly wider or longer, and the embroidery design may be in a slightly different place to on the picture on the bag. We believe this makes them all the more special.
Happy plastic free drink sipping with your new Greener Habit. Make this Your Last Straw.
Every item purchased helps support Friend Farm Animal Sanctuary
Overview & Measurements:
One 20cm bamboo straw
Size: 9.2 in x 1.8 in or 23.5 cm x 4.5 cm
One 18.5cm nylon and steel straw cleaning brush
One handmade 100% organic cotton straw pouch with pineapple design.
Please, wash your straw before using.