The first straw

Jul 31, 2019

Here at The White Bear, we are always looking at how we can improve our environmental credentials – so we are thrilled to announce that we are now using wheat straws.

The beauty of this kind of straw is that unlike the plastic variety, they are 100% compostable – and yet, unlike the paper variety, they do not disintegrate. This means that you can now enjoy sipping your drink with a completely clear conscience.

Invented by two friends, Benjamin Lockwood and Roger Dipper, the pair stumbled upon the idea during a visit to Vietnam. On their adventures, the pair discovered the locals were enjoying their drinks through straws made from grass, which sparked their own idea for an environmentally-friendly drinking utensil.

“We did some research and realised that while paper straws tended to turn to mush, re-useable straws were not easy to wash,” says Benjamin. “Eventually, though, we found a manufacturer who is making the straw for us using the stem of wheat – a by-product of the harvest that would normally be thrown away or burnt.”

What is more, the straws are also totally vegan and also gluten-free. As such, they really are a win-win all round.

So, when you’re next soaking up the summer sunshine in our large garden, or on the terrace, why not give one of our wheat straws a try? We can’t wait to hear what you think!


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