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"Alone we make a difference, and together we make a change."

Barbara Mikulski

Plasticless is a leading company that uses bamboo and wild grass to develop a range of top-quality organic straws to fight the destructive challenges posed by the excessive use of plastics. We balance the values, sustainability, and aesthetics to standout in the world of our competitors. Apart from just selling quality straws, we are striving to

  1. Create jobs, and stable sources of income for the talented men and women as our products are 100% handmade and are naturally grown.
  2. Offer value to our customer's money by providing them the best of the best of our products at very competitive prices.
  3. Reduce the entry of tons of harmful plastics into our environment by replacing single time use plastic products with the reusable organic ones.
  4. Let our every customer feel special with our personal client servicers regardless of their order size.

We believe that our organic straws are readily biodegradable, safe to use, and the best replacements to plastic-based straws. Moreover, our products are FSC and ISO 22000 certified. With our little efforts to be in close with nature and save the planet from the canker of plastic pollution, we can create an environment that is safe for each species living on the earth. Individually we are nothing, but together we can make a big difference.

Our story 

It all began when our founders named Peter, Kevin, and Andrew were having dinner together in a restaurant in Canada back in December 2019. They came across sad news of a turtle's demise due to the accidental trapping of a nasty plastic straw in his nose. It was quite disturbing for them as they all had a very close association with nature. This incident urged them to discover ways to discourage the use of plastic-based products, which are consistently defiling our earth's beauty. The founder named Andrew has observed the bamboo plants and their resemblance with the straws somewhere in his home town Vietnam. He discussed the structure of the bamboo plant with his other friends Keven and peter. They searched instantly on Google for the possibilities if straws can be made out of this plant. They found encouraging results and hope there. They planned to go back to their home country to bring life to their idea. There, they met locals who used to grow bamboo plants. After a lengthy discussion with locals who used to grow bamboo plants and extensive research on the alternative options of plastic-based straws, they came up with two plants, i.e., bamboo plants and wild grass to make organic straws. They thought to lead a small revolution in organic straws, from designing and manufacturing to the love of nature. Now, we are here executing our plans to save lives, either its human or any other species residing on the earth. In fact, every living being deserves it.

 

Our values

We are determined to set a business that reflects our following values.

-         Ethically made

We always put the good of our workers at the top of our priority list. When you buy our products, you actually admire and encourage our skilled workers to keep making their efforts in their traditional style.

 

-         Nature Friendly

The force that drives us to our mission of saving the beauty of the earth is our products' eco-friendly nature. We cannot compromise on anything which puts the sustainability of our environment and the planet at risk.

 

-         Top Quality

We are committed to ensuring the best of the best quality possible of the products for the ultimate satisfaction of our customers. To benefit you, your community, and of course, our beloved planet in the long run.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Process of how the straws are made

A quick insight into our straw making process

The key to the success of the business depends on how transparent its operations are. To maintain 100% of our products, we have adopted a stringent 4-step process (described below) to screen out the low-quality straws. As a result of this screening, we obtain the straws which are of top quality and can be used multiple times, unlike other plastic straws.   

  1. The harvesting of bamboo stalks is carried out based on their strength and maturity.
  2. It is followed by the visual screening of the best stalks to process them further.  
  3. The re-selection of the best straws is made after the cutting and boiling step of already chosen straws.
  4. Finally, the finishing touch is given to the bamboo straws along with the removal of undesired straws, which are still not up to the mark.

 

How grass straws are made

Another organic source we are using to develop straws is the wild grass type named sedge grass, which usually grows with its hollow stalks, making it an impeccable candidate to transform it into the straw. The following steps are taken to get the final product out of the sedge grass.

  1. At first, the sedge grass is harvested, proceeded by its proper washing and slicing up into tubes of 20 cm lengths.
  2. After that, a clean iron rod is employed to clear out the inner portion of the grass.
  3. Next, the straws are again rinsed with water to clean them thoroughly.
  4. Now, if they need to be sold as fresh straws, they are ready to dispatch after their packaging.
  5. They are further taken through one or more steps if they are intended to be converted into dry straws.
  6. They are left under the sunlight for at least 2 to 3 days to dry them out completely, followed by baking them in an oven. Then the dry straws are ready to be used with improved storage time.

 

 

Benefits of bamboo and grass straws

 

  • Safe to use¬†

It has been evidenced through many studies that bamboo's fibers confer antibacterial properties making it difficult for the germs to reside on it. Furthermore, both bamboo and grass straws are grown naturally and lack harmful additives, unlike plastic straws.

  • Grass straws are edible.

It is fascinating to know that fresh grass straws have an edible nature and can be chewed easily to help you clean the teeth.  

  • Reduce the evils of plastic pollution

With the increased reliance on plastic-based products nowadays, it is predicted that by 2050, our oceans will have more plastic than the total fishes. The plastic waste generated is somehow dumped ultimately into the ocean. Bamboo and grass straws are made out of natural sources and do not put marine life in danger.

  • Good for human health

The bamboo and grass straws are usually free of any artificial preservatives or harmful chemicals. They do not secrete any toxins in the drinks, especially in hot beverages, unlike plastic straws. The substances secreted from plastic straws are sometimes carcinogenic, which is avoided by using organic straws, rendering them safe for human health.  

  • Reusable

Both the bamboo and dry grass straws can be used multiple times, giving them an edge over the single-time use plastic straws.

  • Biodegradable

Plastic takes over 200 years to be degraded and even more, which is about three times higher than the average lifespan of humans. While the full biodegradation of organic straws only takes around 4-6 months.  

 

  • Effortless cleanup

The long handy brush that comes with the pack of bamboo straws makes it's cleanup easy and simple. Otherwise, shaking them in a jar with soapy water followed by rinsing with water and drying can also help.

Comparison of bamboo and grass straws

Despite the same organic nature and purposes of bamboo and grass straws, they still have differences in terms of their sources, durability, cost, life span, and hardness.

  • Sources¬†

Bamboo straws are made from the bamboo plant, a type of grass that usually grows much faster. While the grass straws are made out of a grass type named sedges grass.

  • Durability

Bamboo straws are comparatively more durable than grass straws. Because the bamboo rods have the nature of ultra-resistant wood, the straws made out of them have lower chances of breakage.

  • Life span

Bamboo straws can last longer, even for a year, if they are properly cleaned and taken care of. While the fresh dry grass straws can last up to one week and dry grass straws for up to six months. 

  • Cost

On average, each fresh and dry grass straw costs 2 and 4 cents, respectively. While the bamboo straws are comparatively bit costly with cost above $2 each.

  • Hardness¬†¬†

The bamboo straws are very rigid, and unlike fresh grass straws, they cannot be bent according to your needs.