theotherstraw

Lennart and Jamie, co founders of theotherstraw, smiling whilst holding bamboo straws

ABOUT US

OUR STORY

Hello. Welcome to theotherstraw, so happy you’re here!

We’re Jamie-Lee and Lennart, the social impact couple behind theotherstraw.

theotherstraw was born from our devotion to the ocean and eagerness to address plastic pollution. With 8 million tons of plastic being dumped into our oceans every year, our marine life is swallowing more plastic than ever before.

Our journey started in late 2018. We were fed up with the number of plastic straws polluting our local beaches and natural environments. We’re fortunate to live by the beautiful beaches on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia. Living down here, we’ve seen firsthand the damaging impacts single-use plastics on our natural environments.

Plastic straws are one of the most picked up items during beach cleanups. If that's not alarming enough, in Australia alone we use around 10 million every single day. They take hundreds, sometimes thousands of years to actually break down. Think about it this way, every single plastic straw you've ever used still exists today.

Realising these scary stats, we could no longer sit back and watch what was happening - we knew that we had to do something about it, so, theotherstraw was born.

Since launching in 2018, we’ve sold over 50,000 reusable bamboo straws and prevented over 4 million plastic straws from entering our landfills, natural environments and oceans. We’ve also educated over 12,000 businesses and individuals on the impacts of single-use plastics and supported over 45 beach cleanups.

Join us and together, we can turn the tide on plastic pollution and protect our oceans, one bamboo straw at a time.

OUR MISSION

To eliminate plastic straws by encouraging the use of sustainable, reusable bamboo straws. We will achieve this one sip at a time.


OUR VISION

A world without plastics.

WHY BAMBOO

Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants in the world. Here are a few reasons why it's the most sustainable option to sip with:

Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world, in the right conditions bamboo can grow up to 1 meter in a single day.

Bamboo absorbs greenhouse gases.

Bamboo can help stop global warming. It absorbs carbon dioxide and releases up to 35% more oxygen than trees.

Nearly zero waste! After our bamboo is harvested, nearly every part of the bamboo plant is used to create some sort of sustainable production. From enriching mulch to furniture to straws, bamboo is one of the most utilised plants in the world.

Bamboo is grown organically. Unlike other crops, bamboo requires no fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides or other chemicals to help it grow.

Bamboo can help stop deforestation. Nearly 1 million acres of forest are destroyed each week around the world to deforestation. Bamboo is a great substitute for timber and has the potential to protect millions of trees around the world.

 

SUSTAINABILITY

For us, sustainability is not a buzzword or an afterthought. We live and breath it. From growing our bamboo to composting our office coffee to offsetting our transport emissions and sending out our products. We work really hard to reduce our carbon footprint.

Our straws are grown sustainably with organic bamboo, free from chemicals, pesticides and nasties.

Our online orders and wholesale bamboo straws are sent out carbon-neutral and zero-waste. All our packaging materials contain 100% recycled and/or post-consumer materials. No plastic, no virgin paper.

 

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ETHICAL

All our straws are ethically-sourced in Northern Vietnam. We provide sustainable job opportunities for local ethnic minority groups to improve the livelihoods and well-being for themselves, their families and their communities.

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Giving

50% of our profits are donated to ocean cleanups. Every year, 8 million metric tons of plastic ends up in our oceans and killing marine life. We're committed to plastic-free oceans and that is why we are donating part of our profits to initiatives that support this vision.

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EMPOWERMENT

We feel proud to call our work colleagues our friends. We work closely with our farmers and producers in Vietnam. From harvest to design, we rely on local expert knowledge, skills and creativity to deliver the perfect straw for you.

Our farms

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production

It's essential for us to do everything we can to make a positive difference for our planet and the people making our straws. Ethical and sustainable production are embedded in our core values. We have a close relationship with our makers and we believe that producing straws should never cost our environment or people.

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Our farms

theotherstraw has two farms in Vietnam. Our first farm is around 60km outside of Hanoi and our second farm is in the beautiful Quảng Bình Province. Both our farms are run by local families who provide sustainable job opportunities for both women and men in their local villages.

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Why Vietnam

Vietnam has a tropical climate with high temperatures and humidity, ideal for growing bamboo. Vietnamese have been using bamboo for a long time. They use it for just about everything, from building houses to household equipment such as tables, chairs and lamps.

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We're here to humanise the makers and creators of our straws. Supporting our producers and connecting them with you.

Get to know us

We were recently featured in the Urban List through a collaboration with ING Dreamstarters. Have a look at the video if you want to get to know us a little bit better.

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Reach out to us personally

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Jamie-Lee Kay

CO-FOUNDER | jamie@theotherstraw.com

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Lennart meijer

CO-FOUNDER | lennart@theotherstraw.com

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