Our Mission – becoming “innovation leader” for sustainable and premium-quality straws
and, we care as much about the people using our straws as about our product itself.
While asking for a drinking straw one usually expects a plastic straw. Given this, we started nearly 3,5 years ago to explore the origin of the natural straw and how to bring it back into use.
Straws are articles of daily use, worth only a few cents, used only once and then thrown away.
In Germany alone an estimated 40 billion straws are being wasted a year - in the US even 500 mio straws a day – thus producing around 25.000 tons plastic debris per year which generates around 3.750 tons CO2 when incinerated.
And, the manufacturing of 1 ton polypropylene straws releases around 2000kg CO2 and consumes about 2000 kg raw oil.
Our alternative: the naturally and biologically grown straw (rye) - BIO-STRAW
Our organically farmed Bio-rye and its further processing is substantially contributing to securing the livelihood of our domestic biological agronomy- all this without the need of additional cropland as our natural BIO-STRAW is gained out of those parts of the rye-harvest that are usually being destroyed.
Our bio-seeds originate from companies that are certified by “Bioland” and with each planting we are testing year-by-year different and new breeds to receive the “optimal” straw. Our “Straw-manufacturing” is thereby cooperating with small and traditional companies who are for decade’s experienced organic farmers. Together with them we are passionately developing our sustainable, stylish and premium-quality straws.
Sorting and further processing by hand such as cutting and packaging of the straws are outsourced to local Bavarian sheltered workshops/workplaces for handicapped people.
Who buys Bio-straws?
Sustainability is meanwhile more than just a trend: it became a generally accepted lifestyle also in rather traditional areas. Thus, we have been able to acquire as customers not only health food stores but also restaurants, hotels, bars and coffee-shops as well as sustainability-oriented online shops, advertising media agencies, beverage industry etc.
And of course we are also supplying private customers through our online shop www.bio-strohhalme.com.
Innovation and new products
Over the last two years we have painstakingly searched the market for further sustainable alternatives to the plastic straw and came across the “Paper Straw” which we are going to present at the BIO-Fach fair in Nuremberg in January both as straight but also as flexible version.
The paper straw is obtainable in various designs and colors, can be imprinted with customer logos, ranges pricewise between plastic and natural bio straw and is therefore an attractive alternative for those companies who so far hesitated to change to sustainability due to the costs.