theotherstraw is a social enterprise replacing single-use plastic straws with reusable, ethically-crafted bamboo straws.
Plastic straws take hundreds, sometimes thousands of years to actually break down and every single plastic straw ever used still exists today. They are unrecyclable and do not biodegrade leading to long-term pollution environmental impacts.
Our journey started back in 2018. We are fortunate to live by the coast in Australia and have seen firsthand the damaging impacts plastic straws have on our natural environments and oceans. We were fed up with the number of plastic straws polluting our local beaches. We knew we had to do something about it, so theotherstraw was born.
Since launching in 2018, we’ve sold over 80,000 reusable bamboo straws and prevented over 8 million single-use plastic straws from entering our landfills, natural environments and oceans.
theotherstraw has supported and educated over 11,500 individuals and businesses on the impacts of single-use plastic straws and their plastic footprint. We have supported over 45 ocean cleanups and provided 50 fair and sustainable jobs to the Hmong Ethnic Minority Group in Northern Vietnam.
As businesses are the biggest contributors of plastic straws, they are our main focus. We sell our bamboo straws bulk to cafes, restaurants, hotels and festivals around the world.
We’ve been fortunate enough to have collaborated and worked with 10 News, Urban List, ING Bank, Lululmeon, Johnson & Johnson, University of Missouri, Marriott hotels amongst others.
We also sell our bamboo straws directly to customers around the world.
In late 2019, we wanted to further our impact, so we introduced our eco essentials range. This range includes coconut bowls, bamboo cutlery, boba straws and our bamboo toothbrush. This range was designed and created to help individuals live a less wasteful lifestyle.
Our mission is to make the world a more sustainable place. Join us and together, we can turn the tide on plastic pollution and protect our oceans, one bamboo straw, bowl, toothbrush at a time.