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1. What's wrong with Plastic Straws?

Around 8.5 billion plastic straws are thrown away in the UK each year, contributing to at least 150 million tons of plastic in the oceans. Plastic straws take up to 200 years to degrade, but will never fully disappear from the Earth, as plastics are not biodegradable. To make matters worse, the degrading of plastic releases chemicals that are toxic to wildlife and the environment.

2. What's wrong with Bioplastic (PLA) Straws?

Bioplastic straws (PLA) aren’t as eco-friendly as the public thinks. Many biodegradable straws are made of polylactic acid and require very specific conditions to biodegrade. These specific conditions can only be created through industrial composting facilities which are not available everywhere. In the end, PLA straws often end up in a landfill. These straws are nothing more than “guilt-free packaging.”

3. What's wrong with Paper Straws?

Paper straws are also not fit for their purpose. They lack durability and become soft and soggy after only a short use. There is also a misconception that paper straws are environmentally friendly. Paper is made from wood pulp. Strong acid is required to wash away fibres. Leftover acid-water often drains into rivers and soil and harms the environment.

4. Why is Bamboo a great choice?

Bamboo, also known as the "Miracle Grass", grows extremely fast, needs no pesticides and is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-allergenic. It can grow up to 3 feet in height in 24 hours. Unlike trees, bamboo reaches maturity in 3-5 years making it super sustainable and the perfect alternative to Plastic, PLA and Paper straws. 

5. How hygienic is bamboo to use as a product? 

Bamboo is one of the most, if not the most hygienic material to use in your day to day products. It has been grown for millennia all across Asia without the use of pesticides, is not susceptible to diseases and is rarely attacked by any pests. It has recently been discovered that the reason for this is a unique anti-bacterial agent of bamboo named “bamboo kun”, meaning that the straws are naturally resistant to pests and diseases.

6. Are your bamboo straws biodegradable? 

Yes! All our straws are fully biodegradable and can be easily recycled. Both types of bamboo straws should be disposed into either general waste, food waste or ideally on a compost pile.

7. Can your bamboo straws be reused? 

Yes! Our Natural Bamboo Straws can be reused many times over if properly cared for. Yollystraws can also be reused, however they are purposely designed for single-use and therefore not as long lasting as our premium type of bamboo straws.

8. How long do bamboo straws last?

Our Natural Bamboo Straws can last for years when properly cared for. Simply hand wash after each use and sip away! Best of all, being completely biodegradable, your bamboo straws will return to the earth at the end of their life cycle without leaving any negative impact on the environment. The same can also be said for our Natural Bamboo Fibre Straws, which are very durable however, not as long-lasting as our Natural Bamboo Straws due to being purposely designed for single-use.

9. How do I clean my bamboo straws?

They’re easy to clean (just warm water, soap, and the brush that can be purchased). All you have to do is rinse them under hot water after every use and if you're short on time, just pop them in the dishwasher. To sterilize your Bamboo Straw, simply boil them with vinegar for 20 mins, then let them air dry and your ready to be sucking up your next beverage!

10. How are your Bamboo Straws made?
Our Natural Bamboo Straws are cultivated by hand in Bali, Indonesia, then chopped and filed into the shape of a straw. We believe in zero waste which is why we use the entire bamboo stalk. It is then left to dry in the sun to achieve a balanced colour. Finally, the straws are pressure washed to remove any dirt residue.

11. What straw sizes do you offer the Bamboo Straws in?  
Available Lengths: 140mm & 210mm 
Available Diameters: 8mm & 11mm

12. What is Bamboo Fibre?

Bamboo Fibre is made from finely ground bamboo.

13. How is Bamboo Fibre made?
Bamboo is collected, dehumidified and mechanically ground into natural plant fibre. The finely ground natural plant fibre is inserted into a specialist molding machine. The result is a 100% natural and durable drinking straw.

14. Are they Approved? 

Yes! They're safe and FDA, SGS and LFGB Compliant Approved  

15. Do you have any testing data for Yollystraws?

Yes! Please contact us for more information.

16. Are they BPA-Free? 

Bamboo Fibre only use materials that are natural, non-toxic and BPA-Free. Consumers wishing to buy Yollystraws can be assured that they are safe for all to use.

17. What straw sizes do you offer?  
Available Lengths: 210mm, 230mm, 260mm
Available Diameters: 6mm, 7mm, 8mm and 12mm

18. Are Proud Dodo Straws available for wholesale?

Yes, please send us an email to request pricing.

19. What straw sizes do you offer the Proud Dodo straws in? 

Our tall size drinking straw is 22 cm long
Our cocktail size drinking straw is 18cm long

20. Are Proud Dodo Straws Gluten-Free?

Yes! Proud Dodo Straws have been tested by Benaki Phytopathological Institute (BPI) and ARAL L.T.D. and have a low gluten reading of 8ppm, which is classed as gluten-free. For a product to be classified as gluten-free the ppm reading must be under 20ppm.

21. Do Proud Dodo Straws contain wheat?

Yes, Proud Dodo Straws are made from the stem of the wheat plant. Proud Dodo Straws are not intended to be eaten or digested and should only be used as a straw to drink various liquids. Proud Dodo Straws are rinsed thoroughly three times before packing to ensure quality.

22. I have allergies to wheat or grass. Can I use Proud Dodo Straws?

Wheat and grass allergens can vary from person to person, and everybody is different. If you suffer from severe allergies to hay or grass we recommend you consult your doctor or allergist before using Proud Dodo Straws. 

 

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Around 8.5 billion plastic straws are thrown away in the UK each year, contributing to at least 150 million tons of plastic in the oceans. Plastic straws take up to 200 years to degrade, but will never fully disappear from the Earth, as plastics are not biodegradable. To make matters worse, the degrading of plastic releases chemicals that are toxic to wildlife and the environment. 

Bioplastic straws (PLA) aren’t as eco-friendly as the public thinks. Many biodegradable straws are made of polylactic acid and require very specific conditions to biodegrade. These specific conditions can only be created through industrial composting facilities which are not available everywhere. In the end, PLA straws often end up in a landfill. These straws are nothing more than “guilt-free packaging.”

Paper straws are also not fit for their purpose. They lack durability and become soft and soggy after only a short use. There is also a misconception that paper straws are environmentally friendly. Paper is made from wood pulp. Strong acid is required to wash away fibres. Leftover acid-water often drains into rivers and soil and harms the environment.

Bamboo, also known as the "Miracle Grass", grows extremely fast, needs no pesticides and is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-allergenic. It can grow up to 3 feet in height in 24 hours. Unlike trees, bamboo reaches maturity in 3-5 years making it super sustainable and the perfect alternative to Plastic, PLA and Paper straws. 

Bamboo is one of the most, if not the most hygienic material to use in your day to day products. It has been grown for millennia all across Asia without the use of pesticides, is not susceptible to diseases and is rarely attacked by any pests. It has recently been discovered that the reason for this is a unique anti-bacterial agent of bamboo named “bamboo kun”, meaning that the straws are naturally resistant to pests and diseases.

Bamboo Fibre is made from finely ground bamboo.

Bamboo is collected, dehumidified and mechanically ground into natural plant fibre. The finely ground natural plant fibre is inserted into a specialist molding machine. The result is a 100% natural and durable drinking straw.

Yes! Our Bamboo Fibre Straws are fully biodegradable and can be disposed of as general waste, and can also be decomposed in the natural environment and water. The straw does not produce any toxic gas during waste incineration. By burying them in the ground or through landfill processing, the straw starts to break down within 45 days. After 90 days, the straw is almost completely decomposed by micro-organisms in the environment. Furthermore, the more micro-organisms there are in the water, the faster the decomposition of the straw. Since the ingredients are all natural, the dissolved substances are returned to the environment and become the Earth’s nutrients.  

Yes! Our straws are seedling certified. Seedling is an independent third-party certification that verifies the compostability of a product in an industrial composting plant in accordance with the European standard EN 13432. The Seedling certificate does not cover home composting.

The certification process is conducted by independent certifiers DIN CERTCO (Germany) and Vinçotte (Belgium). In order to be certified compostable, the product must undergo a stringent test regime carried out by recognised independent accredited laboratories. The certification process includes the following procedures: 1) chemical characterisation of the product 2) testing of ultimate biodegradability 3) disintegration under practice-relevant composting conditions and 4) definition of the quality of the compost (ecotoxicity test on two plant species) 5) infrared spectrum recording to enable the identification of the material. Both the evaluation criteria as well as test circumstances and methods comply with the EN 13432. To ensure continuous compliance with the certification requirements regular inspections take place.

Products that have successfully passed the strictly defined and documented tests and been formally certified by one of the certification bodies may feature the Seedling logo, a registered trademark owned by European Bioplastics. According to European Bioplastics a product marked with the Seedling logo can be disposed of in the biowaste collection. However, regional specifications for the separate collection of biowaste may exist and detailed information can be obtained from the local municipalities or waste management authorities.

Since the establishment of the Seedling certificate approximately 780 products, 110 intermediates and 330 materials have been certified, including the Bamboo Fibre Straws.

 

They are mass-producible and have been independently tested to comply with The European Framework Regulation (EC) 1935 / 2004 and hold the associated SGS certifications for food contact materials. Written Declaration of Compliance (DoC) can be provided upon request by contacting us for further information.  

We only use materials that are natural, non-toxic and BPA-Free. Consumers wishing to buy Bamboo Fibre Straws can be assured that they are safe for all to use.

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