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5 Eco-Friendly Straw Options for CPG Brands

Plastic straws have become a controversial topic. Though they represent only a fraction of daily plastic use and pollution, one study shows enough single-use plastic straw waste is created in the U.S. to wrap around the earth 2.5 times.

If your CPG brand wants to offer eco-friendly straws, you will have plenty of choices. Here are five of those options and what you need to know before choosing one.

Straws in a cup.

Bamboo Straws

Bamboo straws have several desirable properties. The chemical-free material is also biodegradable and naturally anti-bacterial. It is also highly sustainable. These characteristics make it safe to use and it can be easily recycled.

Bamboo straws also do not conduct heat, so they will not burn consumers’ mouths when they are used in hot drinks like other straw types. They may even be used multiple times, meaning less CPG packaging waste.

Paper Straws

Paper straws are becoming more popular and are available in many sizes and colors. They are easy to recycle and promote packaging sustainability, making them great alternatives to plastic.

Paper straws can be customized for CPG brands and are easy to mass produce. Straws made from high-quality materials also do not get soggy when used for prolonged periods.

Steel Straws

Steel straws are popular because of their durability and reusability. Some are equipped with carrying cases so consumers can take them wherever they go.

Many steel straws also come with cleaning tools, ensuring they are always ready for use. Most of these eco-friendly straws are made of stainless steel, which is 100% recyclable. Moreover, these straws can be recycled at any point during their lives. All these characteristics make them worth the purchase to consumers looking for sustainable plastic straw alternatives.

Glass Straws

Glass straws can be washed and reused multiple times. They are sturdy and promote packaging sustainability.

Glass straws are durable and dishwasher safe. Use these non-toxic options for hot or cold drinks.

Silicone Straws

A silicone straw is another great CPG packaging option. These straws are kid-friendly and fun to use. They are flexible and come in a variety of colors.

These eco-friendly straws are also dishwasher safe and may even come with straw squeegees so you can clean them easily. They are durable and will last a long time. They are also recyclable.

Paper straws in a cup.


The drinking straw market is increasing. Approximately 500 million straws are used daily in the U.S. alone.

Eco-friendly straws are often preferred because of their versatility. Many are made from materials that are durable and easy to carry so consumers always have straws handy when they need them.

Some U.S. cities have banned plastic straws. Even in cities where this has not occurred, many businesses are becoming more aware of the need for drinking straws made from other materials.

Choosing eco-friendly straws shows your dedication to eliminating plastic waste. The many alternatives will give you options to consider when choosing which types of straws to offer consumers.

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