Eco-friendlier alternatives to outlawed plastic straws

Paper Straws

Searching for alternative options to plastic straws, stirrers and other items may prove difficult from today.

This is because the UK government has banned the sale of such products, except for those with disabilities or medical conditions where there may be a requirement.

Because the choices may seem limited, we’ve put together a list to help suppliers find a suitable counterpart.

Wooden stirrers

Stirrers are made from virgin grade birch wood. These are fully biodegradable and natural products with no coatings or plastics used whatsoever.

Stirrers are popular with coffee brands such as Starbucks and Costa, and provide an alternative to plastic stirrers – which have also been banned from sale.

Paper and biodegradable straws

Made from uncoated virgin grade paper, paper straws are biodegradable and compostable featuring no inner plastic coating.

Popular with caterers of all kinds, paper straws come in various colours.

Special mention: Compostable and wooden cutlery

We are expecting to see growing interest in eco-friendlier cutlery.

Our compostable CPLA cutlery range is made of corn starch; a sustainable and renewable plant based material. It is fully biodegradable and compostable.

Made from virgin grade birch wood, our wooden cutlery range is also ethically sourced from well-managed forests. It is also renewable and recyclable. You may be interested in our new handy packs of knives, forks and spoons.

We are available to help you find eco-friendlier alternatives. Contact us or talk to us on our website Mon-Fri 9am-5pm.

Plastic Spoons Straws – now available

Due to a supply issue we’ve had a long term stock shortage on this particular range. We’ve just taken delivery of a fresh shipment so this popular product is once again available to order for immediate dispatch.

The plastic spoon straws are most commonly used in smoothie bars and coffee shops where slush cups are served. This multifunction product, as the name suggests, acts as both a straw and a spoon!

You can order this product by the case (5,000 straws each) or by the dispenser pack (200 straws) depending on the quantity required.


  • Length:200mm
  • Inner bore size: 8mm
  • Dispenser pack quantity: 200

Plastic Spoon Straws – £38.00 per case (5,000) / £1.70 per pack (200)