It’s hard to start a paper straw factory. Especially if you’re trying to make biodegradable straws as an alternative to plastic straws.

But we’re in the drinking straw business for two reasons.

  1. Because we’re determined to help eliminate single-use plastics
  2. Because most paper straws totally suck, and we can do better. We set out to make the best paper straw possible.

If you’re looking at our website, chances are good that you care about one or both of these.

People who care should know this
before buying biodegradable straws.

Since the problems caused by plastic straws and other single-use plastics are ENORMOUS, we want to get the word out about a very important detail that’s often overlooked. If you’re going to vote with your dollar by buying paper straws, you should have a clear understanding of what you’re getting. The truth is, many products marketed as “eco-friendly,” “biodegradable” or “compostable” aren’t actually better for the Earth at all. For an alternative to traditional straws, look for genuinely compostable paper straws made from renewable resources and food-grade ingredients.

Traditional Staws are not Eco-Friendly.

Are you concerned about the use of single-use plastic and its effect on our environment? Then you’ll be interested to know that options are available to help your business switch from plastic straws to more eco-friendly paper straws. Our unique paper straws are biodegradable, compostable, and toxin-free; they’re made to return to the Earth instead of adding toxic waste to landfills. Learn more about compostable paper straws below.

What are Biodegradable paper straws? 

Biodegradable paper straws are an affordable, eco-friendly alternative for those looking to make the plastic-free switch. While some paper products carry toxic chemicals, our biodegradable, food-grade, and food safe paper comes from a reputable company that is a

Biodegradable straws aren’t necessarily compostable.

The distinguishing factor between biodegradable and compostable straws is that, while biodegradable material breaks down when exposed to bacteria, compostable items break down when exposed to natural environmental conditions.

What is a biodegradable straw?

Biodegradable products can refer to any material that breaks down and degrades in the natural environment. Because biodegradable plastics are made from and with chemicals, some of them may leave behind micro toxic waste residue. While they provide an alternative to plastic straws, biodegradable straws can leave toxins behind when they break down.

What is a compostable straw?

Compostable products are made exclusively from organic substances that decay in the environment. The only residual byproducts left behind by the decomposition of organic matter are fertilizers and other things that enhance the soil’s health.


Technically Biodegradable vs. Home Compostable

Some extremely well-liked “compostable” straws can be labeled biodegradable since they have the potential to decompose under very specific circumstances. The issue is that such factors call for conditions that can only be met in certain commercial composting facilities, of which there are only approximately 100 in the U.S. The environment must be without oxygen and have a temperature over 140 degrees Fahrenheit. These straws will endure forever without commercial composting, just like plastic; they won’t break down in natural environmental conditions like home compost.

Our biodegradable straws only need dirt and water to decompose. They return to the ground under these generally obtainable conditions. Moreover, they don’t bring any dangerous chemicals with them.

At Roc Paper Straws, our paper materials, glue, and ink are all approved food-grade & non-toxic. They are devoid of plastic and are gluten-free. All of our suppliers are people we have great respect for and trust. We are proud to partner with each and every one of them and look forward to continuing our mission to rid the planet of plastic drinking straws.

What companies make home compostable paper straws?

Roc Paper Straws is the newest kid on the paper straw manufacturing block. We’re one of a handful of companies making paper straws domestically in the U.S., and we’re the only manufacturer in the Northeast. Our products are made from 100% renewable materials and are truly compostable. They’re also BPA-free, FDA compliant, and use recycled content wherever possible.

You’ll find our compostable paper straws available at our brick-and-mortar factory in Rochester, NY, and at a quickly growing variety of bars and restaurants throughout New York State. Customers throughout the lower 48 can also buy them online!

Make Our compostable straws your alternative to plastic straws today!

If you’re in the northeast United States and want to minimize the carbon footprint of your drinking straws, using Roc Paper Straws as your vendor will minimize shipping distance and plastic packaging. We sell retail to local consumers and bulk to bars and restaurants. There are so many reasons to use our biodegradable drinking straws! So, get yourself some! And if you’d like to continue this conversation, go ahead and submit our contact form.

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Cheers and Thank You!

The Roc Paper Straws Family