For the last few months there has been a heightened level of scrutiny towards plastic products. Plastic packaging is seen as superfluous, environmentally damaging and no longer a necessary evil society is willing to live with. Plastic straws are equally seen as a product many can live without. Plenty of companies are replacing plastic with paper, bamboo or even pasta straws. McDonalds is moving to paper in the UK and Ireland by the end of the year.
So, what does this mean for manufacturers of plastic straws, and what does it mean for companies who use straws? In the short term buyers may have to suck up additional costs in order to provide what consumers are seeking. For manufacturers – adapt or die. Some companies including Plastico will take back waste straws to ensure they do not seep into the environment. Not an ideal situation – but better than ignoring the problem. Other companies, such as Transcend Packaging are taking advantage of the trend. Transcend Packaging are producing paper straws in the UK for the first time in decades – winning the McDonalds UK and Ireland contract.