Boulder, Colorado-based Eco-Products has announced a new line of compostable straws made from plant-based plastic that it says are as durable as conventional straws.
Made from polyhydroxyalkanoate, a plant-based plastic derived from canola oil, the straws are BPI-certified compostable and meet ASTM D6400 and ASTM D6691 standards for compostability.
“With demand rising for more sustainable choices, we are committed to offering the best in compostable products,” said Nicole Tariku, director of product development for Eco-Products. “These innovative straws are heat resistant and durable like conventionally made straws, while still offering flexible composting options.”
Because the straws are made with plant-based PHA, its organic nature allows them to act as a food source to the bacteria that aid in decomposition. The PHA straws are able to biodegrade in a commercial compost facility or a home compost pile.
The straws are offered in a variety of lengths from 5.5-10.25 inches and are available in individually wrapped or unwrapped options. The wrapped version is marked as compostable so people know to dispose of it in a compost bin.
Like many Eco-Products offerings, the straws have been certified as compostable by the Biodegradable Products Institute, a science-driven organization that provides certification for materials and products that biodegrade in commercial composting environments.
For those who prefer to go “strawless,” Eco-Products offers a compostable lid, allowing people to sip from a cup without a straw.
Designed to prevent spills and “splashback,” Eco-Products’ Cold Cup Sip Lids come in different sizes to fit a variety of cups. Made from 100 percent renewable resources, all products are BPI certified compostable and meet ASTM standards for compostability.
“Businesses are increasingly looking for compostable products that perform as well as those made from conventional plastic,” Tariku said. “The addition of these straws gives our customers even more choices in our ever-growing compostable product bundle, which is now more than 400 items.”