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Bamboo is one of the most sustainable growing plants in the world. Here are a few reasons theotherstraw is made of bamboo:
○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.
○Bamboo is grown organically. Unlike other crops, bamboo requires no fertiliser, 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.
Yes, we do! Please have a look at our wholesale page and send us a message and we'd love to chat with you.
Rinse straight after use to prevent getting anything stuck in your straw.
Hand wash with eco-friendly coconut brush provided or put in the dishwasher.
Straws will last years with good care and love.
To sustain the life of the bamboo straw, rub coconut oil on the straw every 5-10 uses.
At the end of their lifespan, simply put the straw in your compost (remember, they are fully biodegradable!
The bamboo used for theotherstraw is harvested in Northern Vietnam. After harvest, the bamboo is then transferred to nearby local communities where the production of the straws takes place.
Each step of the production process from harvest, design to engravement is conducted by local men and women, and ethnic minority groups in Northern Vietnam. We provide economic opportunities and sustainable job creation to them that aim to improve their livelihoods and well-being for themselves, their families and communities for generations to come.
theotherstraw is perfect to use as a drinking straw for hot drinks and cold drinks, such as smoothies, juices, carbonated drinks, cocktails, iced coffees and teas.
We aim to process and ship all orders within 24 hours, or next business day. Delivery times will vary depending on where it is being sent to. Expected Delivery:
○Australian orders — 3-6 business days
○New Zealand orders — 5-15 business days
○International orders — 10-20 business days
Have a look at our shipping policies.
We're an Australian based and owned social enterprise replacing single-use plastic straws with reusable, ethically-sourced bamboo straws. theotherstraw is co-founded by Jamie and Len - a social impact couple out there to change the world one sip at a time.
Yes! They can reused hundreds of times and are a great alternative to single-use plastic straws.
Yes! At the end of their lifetime, simply add them to your compost or back to nature!
Yes! No nasties used in producing our bamboo straws. They are 100% natural and organic.
All our straws are 20 cm in length. For wholesale orders, we can customise the length and diameter to suit your needs :)
Metal straws take a lot of energy to produce. The carbon footprint of steel straws is significantly greater than bamboo straws. Unlike bamboo straws, steel straws are not biodegradable. Eventually adding to the wast problem.There are many types of stainless steel straws; some containing toxic metals combined within the stainless steel. When heated up these toxins can leach into your drink. Paper straws are not necessarily environmentally friendly. Paper straws made from fresh rawmaterials that contribute to deforestation and habitat damage.Paper straws have a higher carbon footprint due to the manufacturing process. The majority of paper straw brands use harmful chemicals in the manufacturing process as a way of overcoming common complaints such as paper straws getting soggy too quickly or the colour of paper straws leaching into drinks. The best environmentally friendly solution is to avoid single-use items altogether in favour of reusable bamboo straws.
Yes we do. We can customise our straws with your logo, contact details or unique message. These are perfect for events, weddings, campaigns or corporate gifting!
If I were to use theotherstraw reusable bamboo straws in my cafe/restaurant/bar, how long would they last?
Our reusable bamboo straws will last months in a commercial setting. Always taking good care of them i.e washing directly after use, letting them dry before using again.
Yes they are. We recommend handwashing them tho as they will last significantly longer. However, for restaurants/bars/cafes we understand they don't have this time so cleaning them in the dishwasher is best.
BEWARE - many straw cleaning brushes out there are made from plastic. Sad isn't it? But not ours. Our straw cleaning brushes are fully plastic-free and made from coconut fibre. Better for you, better for the planet.
We're so happy you asked - our straws will arrive to you free from plastic and wrapped in recycled and/or post-consumer packaging. We ask that you kindly compost or recycle the packaging