Everyday we use more than 500 million plastic straws. Experts believe there could be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050. Our sustainable products are just one way we hope to make a difference! We hope you will join us in #theplasticfreemovement 🙂

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FAQ

Bamboo Straws FAQs

Q. How do I care for my bamboo straws?

A. Here are our care instructions for our bamboo straws

  • Always let your straw dry before storing it
  • Clean after use with straw cleaner (don’t let it stay way for too long)
  • Allow to dry laying flat (not standing up) so water doesn’t collect at the bottom of the straw
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Store straws in a well-ventilated area and never in an air tight container

When you first get your straws

You should wash your straw with soap and hot water and allow to dry before storage or use it straight away! Just keep in mind to dry your straw when you’re done using it.

Daily use

Make sure to wash your straws after every use. This is best done with soap and a straw cleaning brush to ensure the insides are clean. Dry immediately and remember to not keep them wet for a long period of time as this may weaken the bamboo.

Storing your straws

Ensure they are kept in a cool, dry place (not in a dark, air-tight or humid place). Cotton carry pouches are perfect as they allow air flow.

End of life

Depending on the care of your straw, they should last at least a year or longer. Because they are 100% natural bamboo, they can easily be composted at the end of their life cycle and you don’t have to stress about them harming the environment!

Q. Can the straws splinter or break?

A. Our straws are made from a type of bamboo that it unlikely to splinter. They are not drilled through the middle like some of our competitors, our straws are naturally hollow. They are strong and sturdy but can be broken if too much force is used on them.

Q. How long will my bamboo straw last?

A. With proper care your straw should last at least a year but can last for years. Once your straw is at the end of its life cycle you can simply compost your straw

Q. Do the straws collect flavours or stains?

A. Our bamboo straws are natural so they may collect a colour from certain drinks. Washing the straw thoroughly should bring it back to it’s natural colour. We highly recommend washing the straw before switching drinks to ensure it doesn’t change the taste of your drink.

Q. Are reusable straws as sanitary as disposable ones?

A. Bamboo is much safer than plastic when it cones to your health. Plastic straws are made from petroleum and when used (especially with hot or acidic drinks like tea, cocoa & coffee) there are studies that show this can leach toxins from the plastic into your body. These toxins can disrupt your hormones and have other harmful side effects. You are in control of your straw so you can ensure it is kept nice and clean and that it isn’t leaching anything into your body when you use it!

Q. Are bamboo straws better than glass or metal reusable straws?

A. Bamboo itself is sustainable and has a low carbon footprint for manufacturing- plus at the end of it’s life cycle it’s very easy to dispose of compared to alternatives. Metal straws can leave a metallic taste and also hurt your teeth when using. Glass straws have are more risky to break and also can be hard on your teeth.

Q. Are The Plastic-Free Movement's bamboo straws treated with chemicals?

A. No our straws are completely natural, organic and un-treated.

Q. I am a retailer or venue interested in stocking The Plastic-Free Movement's straws. How do I get in touch with you?

A. Fantastic! We would love to hear from you. Please email us at info@theplasticfreemovement.com or use our contact form.

Q. Anything else I should know?

A. Our bamboo straws are hand made and polished by a local village in Bali. They are ethically made and a great eco alternative to plastic straws!

Our straws are:

  • Hand made and polished
  • Not treated with any nasty chemicals to ensure they are safe to use
  • Organic
  • Reusable for many years if taken care of
  • Kind on your teeth (steel or glass straws can be awkward to suck from)
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Supports a local village in Bali
  • Ethically made

We ship all our straws plastic free! No plastic packaging with the exception of tape on the box as per DHL’s shipping rules. Your purchase helps support our vision for a greener future!

Straws can vary in colour and are sometimes even bent. This is the natural quality of the bamboo and we think it adds character! It also helps us keep our zero waste goals by using all the bamboo.

Bamboo contains a binding agent called “Bamboo Kun” which is found within its fibres. The sole purpose of this agent is to fight off any bacteria or fungus that tries to grow on it. This makes bamboo one of the most hygienic materials to use for straws! Not to mention it’s much easier on your teeth than steel or glass. Yay for eco friendly bamboo!

Coconut Bowl FAQs

Q. How do I care for my coconut bowls?

A. ♥ CARE INSTRUCTIONS ♥
– Hand wash in luke warm water only (not dishwasher safe)
– Do not leave soaking in water for a long period of time
– Our bowls are best suited for cool foods or room temperature. For warmer foods ensure to rinse the bowl first in warm water to prepare it.
– We do not recommend hot foods as they can on rare occasions cause the bowl to crack.
– Not safe for use in the microwave, refrigerator oven or dishwasher.

Q. Can the bowls break?

A. Our bowls are made from reclaimed coconut shells so they are completely natural and organic product. Naturally this means they can crack if dropped or exposed to extreme temperatures. It is recommended to avoid extreme temperature foods (too hot or cold) in the bowls and never to store them in the refrigerator.

Q. How long will my coconut bowl last?

A. They can last many years with proper care! The bonus is at the end of their life cycle they are completely compostable & won’t trash our oceans like plastic.

Q. How do I keep my coconut bowl shiny?

A. You can polish with coconut oil every 10 uses to keep it’s shine 🙂