'World's first 100% environmentally-friendly spoon straw' launched by North East business
Iced drinks firm Polar Krush has eliminated plastic straws from its business by launching a 100% environmentally friendly paper spoon straw.
In what it says is a global first, the Ashington-based business has developed a spoon straw made from paper to replace the hundreds of millions of traditional polypropylene straws distributed each year by the food, drinks and leisure industries as a whole.
Although the polypropylene straws are fully recyclable, the company says it was keen to develop a greener, more user-friendly solution to safeguard the environment for future generations.
Polar Krush’s new ‘paper spoon straw’ is patent-pending; long lasting and 100% biodegradable.
The striped straw took 18 months to develop from concept to production and features a spoon-like scoop at one end. The company says its design is a world-first, using three layers of paper bonded together for superior strength and durability.
The spoon enables customers to scoop and eat their iced drinks with ease. After rigorous testing in frozen drinks the straw stays rigid for up to an hour in duration.
Michael Reid, Sales Director of Polar Krush, said: “You only have to switch on the television or open a newspaper to read about the concerning situation the planet finds itself in due to the high level of plastics clogging up our waterways and finding their way to landfill.
"At Polar Krush, our customers are predominantly families with children and as a company we care about protecting the world they are inheriting. “We have already introduced initiatives to remove single use plastics from our brand.
We have changed our packaging and in addition to all our cups being recyclable and containing recyclable material, we also provide reusable and vegetable-based alternatives.”
Michael, added: “At Polar Krush we have listened to our customers, who include theme parks, zoos, holiday parks, wildfowl and water parks, all of which have a vested interest in protecting the environment and reducing the impact of plastic waste on our oceans and wildlife."