Catering supplier Stephensons has reported a steady rise in sales of paper straws along with a steady decline in sales of plastic straws, and paper has outsold plastic for the first time.
Data provided by the catering supplier has shown that sales of plastic straws sat at over 8,000 units in July last year, now that figure has dropped down to almost 2,000.
Paper straws have seen a steady rise since last July with the figure rising from less than 500 units to almost 4,000. Polyactic acid straws (PLA) considered another alternative to plastic, also saw a small rise to almost 1,000 units.
Henry Stephenson, MD at Stephensons said: “This data really reflects a seismic shift in the buying ideology of operators and consumers. Sustainability and environmental credentials have quickly become integral factors in our industry and I think it’s fantastic.
“That’s why with our paper straws, we’ve tried to be as responsible as possible by making a concerted effort to source locally, which in turn supports UK manufacturing and reduces carbon miles.
“In the past 12 months we’ve made significant efforts to promote paper straws as an effective alternative to plastic. The noteworthy results from this data work as a positive landmark to reflect that and, ultimately, they are a sign of where the industry is heading as a whole.”
Stephensons sold 32 million paper straws last year.