Sustainability: The Last Straw

Sustainability: The Last Straw


Updated: 9/9/2021

Restaurants, coffee shops, and small businesses like KidsLuv have had the last straw! Our company values sustainability which is why KidsLuv remains environmentally friendly with 100% recyclable Tetra-Pak boxes and straw-less cartons.

Make the change, and know the facts about straws.

Bad for the environment

According to an article written by Sarah Gibbens in National Geographic, eight million tons of plastic flow into the ocean every year, and straws comprise just 0.025 percent of that. A recent report by the World Economic Forum projects that by the year 2050, the plastic in our oceans will outweigh the fish.

Christy Brissette from the Washington Post states that plastic straws found in the ocean are ingested by marine wildlife, and the chemical that makes up straws (polypropylene) are harmful to both humans and animals.

Bad for the body

Not only are these bendy sippers a problem for our environment, but our human bodies too. Drinking from a straw causes the ingestion of air into the digestive tract which can lead to uncomfortable digestive symptoms, like gas and bloating.

Straws send a concentrated stream of liquid toward a small area of the teeth, which can erode enamel and cause tooth decay increasing the probability of cavities.

Bye bye straws

  • At the beginning of July 2018, Seattle became the largest U.S. city to ban plastic straws.
  • On January 1, 2019, a ban on plastic straws in restaurants and other service businesses began in Washington, D.C.
  • Starbucks has phased out all plastic straws.
  • New York City, Hawaii, and California have straw bans in place.

Join us and the many others that are moving on from single-use straws!

Research and data from National Geographic & Washington Post