As a parent we often think about what we can do for our children or how we can give them a better life. Well to start with, we can make this world a better place to live by adopting a more sustainable lifestyle. By saying this, it includes using recyclable or reusable products, instead of the plastic versions. Although many people are with the “no plastic” movement, not all know that even the recyclable products fill up the landfills much faster.
Let’s say for example drinking straws. Since people have started to move away from the plastic ones, the recyclable straws also end up in landfills and oceans, as very few are actually recycled. This can be as a result of less awareness on the recycle process too. So speaking about eco-friendly materials, experts have come up with glass straws, compostable straws, metal and bamboo straw. This eco-friendly alternative follows the concept of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”. By producing and using these products, we not only consume fewer resources to produce it, but also use less energy to recycle it.
Drinking Straws are Being Eco-Friendly!
We have been using plastic since ages, since a majority of our daily use products are made out of it. Hence, without even thinking twice we tend to use and waste plastic products, which cannot be recycled easily. Plastic is found to be more convenient, inexpensive and a durable product for use and the material is used in every part of the industry due to their versatile properties and low cost methods to manufacture it.
To spread awareness on the importance of sustaining our planet, there have been organised drives to explain the importance of reducing recyclable waste and making use of reusable materials more. Growing stringent regulations on plastic use drives the market growth for eco-friendly straws. Further the widespread utility of Plastic straws coupled with ban on use of plastic products creates tremendous market opportunity for eco-friendly straws. As from 1st October 2020, single use Plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds were banded in England. The ban has also made it illegal to sell these plastic products and provided a lucrative opportunity for Eco-friendly straws market.
Global Eco-Friendly Straws Market is anticipated to grow with a healthy growth rate of more than 4.9% over the forecast period 2020-2027. Eco-friendly straws, for example, glass straws, compostable straws, metal and bamboo straw are supplanting plastic straws, as last one makes a lot of plastic waste. The eco-friendly straws are either composed of bio-based materials such as paper or reusable materials. These materials incorporate nourishment grade glass, metal or silicone. Surging nourishment and drink utilization among individuals frequently incline them towards neighbourly items rather than plastic, extending eco-friendly straws showcase.
As per the government of England 4.7 billion plastic straws, 316 million plastic stirrers and 1.8 billion cotton buds are used in England per year which ends in the ocean. Moreover, increasing consumer awareness regarding environmental protection supports the market growth. While, swelling number of restaurants and fast food outlets which are adopting eco-friendly straws boost the market growth. As the Dunkin’s, the doughnut and Coffee chain has replaced its foam cups with paper cups in 100% of their stores globally and has aimed to transition from plastic to wooden stir sticks by mid-2021. For this, 250 restaurants across the US have begun testing new biodegradable straws. However, lack of lack of awareness impedes the growth of the market over the forecast period of 2020-2027. The advent of new materials and technologies presents a lucrative opportunity for the market.
Factors such as rapidly increasing awareness for environment protection would create lucrative growth prospects for the Eco-Friendly Straws market across Asia-Pacific region. Some of the major market players include Huhtamaki Oyj, Biopac (UK) Ltd., Sulapac Oy, The Paper Straw Co., Vegware Ltd., Hello Straw, The Blue Straw, JOVAMA, Wilbistraw and SAS OSTONE.
According to the experts, plastic takes more than centuries to decompose. So, it is important for us to understand this material and the challenges associated in recycling it. To think of, plastic is an indispensible product for people around the globe, be it from clothes we wear to the simple things we use in our daily lives. Although, there are a lot of alternative options to be considered and with our efforts only the use of non-recyclable products in our daily lives can decrease. Public awareness and concerns have led to many organizations to start implementing eco-friendly products with zero wastage.