There is an estimated 8.5 Billion plastic straws used in the UK each year and these end up in land fill or in our oceans damaging the Eco System and killing hundred of thousand of fish and animals each day.
Consumers have woken up to this after the recent Blue Planet 2 program on the BBC followed by a program on the BBC, showing the extent of the plastics in our oceans around the world, aired this week if you did not see wither of these programs you have surely seen the news over the last few weeks.
The programs and news have been a huge success and caused a huge demand on paper straws, there inlays another problem, there is a very limited amount of company based in the Uk who manufacture paper straws and the vast majority of the paper straws used today are manufactured in China.
This is not resolving a global problem and as with most things brought from China to the UK, there are still impacts, the carbon footprint of producing straws 1,00s of miles away then having them shipped to the UK,
Yes this is easing the strain on plastic but, it is not eco friendly and still has an impact on the environment.
With such a high demand in the UK companies have no alternative that to use China to meet the needs of the UK.
Starting a paper straw manufacturing business in the UK would significantly reduce the carbon foot print of paper straws and also increase job opportunity's within the UK whist reducing the amount of plastics thrown away each day.
A little food for thought, if we just managed to capture 1% of the UK market each year that would stop 85 Million plastic straws each year from being dumped in land fill or in our oceans, thats 85 Million straws that don't need to be transported from China to the UK, the impact of 1% is massive. Now imagine 5% the figures are mind blowing.
We aim to start production as soon as possible and need help .
Even if you don't fund our project we ask one thing, please think about the next time you have a drink, do you need a straw? is it plastic? and reconsider ask for a paper straw