Plastic vs Paper and Reusable


  • Approximately 8.5 billion straws are thrown away in the UK each year.
  • Difficult to recycle as they can drop out of the sorting machines used in the recycling process.
  • Straws are a huge contributor to the enormous volume of plastic in our oceans that has detrimental effects on marine life and is polluting our ocean.
  • Many plastic straws are made from petroleum based plastic. Evidence has shown this can leak into liquids and into your body when drinking through them.

Paper and Reusable

  • Paper straws start to break down in just three days if they end up in our oceans.
  • Paper Straws can also be composted.
  • Paper is the most biodegradable material currently available for straws.
  • Reusable straws, made from materials like metal can be cleaned, reused and can last a lifetime.
  • When the lifetime of a reusable straw is over, the materials can be recycled.