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Why Invest in Eco-Friendly Paper Straws

By: Lauren Landry


Learn why it's time to consider making the switch to biodegradable paper straws.

Karat Earth®'s eco-friendly paper straws come in many fun colors and sizes.


The straw is one of the tiny details of a boba tea drink that is sometimes ignored. Some boba tea shops may just offer drinks with the ordinary large black plastic straw. But did you know that straws can also make an impact when it comes to attracting new customers and retaining old ones?

This is especially true when using eco-friendly straws for your drinks. A recent study on green consumerism has found that 60 percent of internet users in the U.S. and the U.K. say that they are willing to pay more for eco-friendly products. The study also revealed that seven out of ten internet users believe that big companies should be doing more about environmental issues, one of which is offering ways to responsibly dispose of products.

 

Consumers want brands to go eco-friendly. | GWI Zeitgeist


Plastic straws are not biodegradable and slowly break down into smaller plastic fragments or microplastics, which are very harmful to fish and other ocean life as they mistake the plastic for food. Sadly, up to about 71 percent of seabirds and 30 percent of turtles end up ingesting these plastics.

For consumers to responsibly dispose of straws, eco-friendly ones, like paper straws, are the best alternative. These straws only take two to six weeks to completely decompose, unlike plastic straws that can take up to two centuries. With that said, consider making the switch from plastic straws to paper straws as soon as possible.

To better understand why switching to eco-friendly straws and other boba supplies are worth the investment, here are five other reasons:

1. Biodegradable straws are eye-catching.
2. Paper straw wrappers go with custom printing options.
3. Eco-friendly straws are available in different sizes.
4. Paper straws are durable.
5. Paper straws are a safer alternative.


#1 Biodegradable straws are eye-catching.

Paper straws are very eye-catching! These straws come in many different colors, like blue and white, black and white, and red and white. The red and white ones look especially perfect with holiday boba drinks, as they resemble Christmas candy canes. The different color options also allow you to match them with the color of the beverages.

And because they are aesthetically pleasing, they sure can pique the interest of your customers. Unlike an ordinary plastic straw, these paper straws look more Instagram-worthy, a quality most consumers are after when it comes to food and drinks.


#2 Paper straw wrappers go with custom printing options. 

Another benefit your boba tea shop can get from making the switch to paper straws is that these straws come with paper wrappers that can be customized with your logo. It’s another excellent way to promote your brand and maximize exposure. 

Karat®, for instance, provides custom printing for straw wrappers, along with their other eco-friendly products like paper cups and food containers. Custom printing your logo on your boba supplies will take your marketing efforts to the next level and make your brand known.


#3 Eco-friendly straws are available in different sizes.

Some may think that paper straw options are limited. But that’s not the case. Just like plastic straws, these biodegradable ones are available in many different lengths and sizes. There are wide paper straws for boba tea drinks and ones with smaller diameters for beverages without boba pearls.

Karat Earth®'s straws, for example, come in many varieties. The brand makes ones for different types of beverages and can be used for blending and mixing.


#4 Paper straws are durable.

One argument here is that paper is less durable than plastic. This is true; however, good-quality paper straws are thick and durable enough to withstand cold or hot drinks. These straws are able to hold up well for a considerable amount of time.

Some paper straws are so strong that they can also be used as sticks for snacks and baked creations like cake pops and chocolate lollipops.


#5 Paper straws are a safer alternative.

Compared to plastic straws, paper straws are much safer to use. Plastic is toxic, so every time you sip from one, some chemicals may enter your body. On the other hand, paper straws are made with safe, natural, sustainable, and renewable materials, free from the nasty chemicals the plastic ones have. 

As mentioned earlier, these straws are easy to dispose of and are very safe not just for the consumers but also for the environment and other living things. Paper straws also result in fewer carbon footprints and less landfill waste.


The Takeaway

Consumers today are now more concerned about the environment and are willing to pay more for products made of sustainable materials. With that said, boba tea shops that use eco-friendly supplies have more edge than ones that do not.

If you are planning to make the switch to being a sustainable boba tea brand, you can start small by looking for a new supplier of eco-friendly straws and other boba supplies. Your customers are sure going to take notice of this, as these small details are able to make an impact.

On the same note, biodegradable boba tea supplies are readily available online, so changing suppliers won't be a hassle. Many brands, like Karat Earth®, have online stores, and they accept orders in bulk.

 

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