“It is not easy to develop a sturdy paper straw that is bendable, hygienic and does not soften too quickly when drinking. In addition, the straw must also be biodegradable. After many tests, we managed to develop a straw that meets this requirement. ”
These are the words of Patrick van Baal, Global Director Packaging at FrieslandCampina, a multinational dairy company. FrieslandCampina is active in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany and one of the largest dairy cooperatives in the world. FrieslandCampina supplies small plastic straws with some of their milk drinks, which are also packed in a plastic casing.
Europe will ban plastic straws from 2021, but FrieslandCampina will start a year earlier than the end date imposed by Europe. During the phased roll-out, the milk drink manufacturer in various European countries will replace the plastic straws with the paper and sustainable version. In Europe alone, this accounts for 142 million straws per year, or 57 tons of plastic. Paper straws have already been on the market for some time, but for FrieslandCampina their version had to meet many requirements. For example, their sustainable straws consist of certified paper and must be biodegradable and hygienic. However, they are also bendable and should not become soft after drinking. FrieslandCampina has succeeded in this. In the meantime, their researchers are working hard on a sustainable alternative to the plastic casing in which those paper straws are still packed.
Source: Het Laatste Nieuws