Utopia’s range of paper straws has now received EN13432 accreditation, following the environmental movement away from single-use plastic and six months of consultations.
The Chesterfield-based manufacturing company specialises in tableware and glassware for the hospitality industry and has developed a new product in response to the industry’s rejection of single-use plastics.
Responding to the move away from plastic straws, which has forced operators to source more sustainable alternatives, Utopia has expanded its “environmentally friendly” product range and increased transparency of its paper straws’ credentials.
EN13432 accreditation defines the characteristics that materials must possess in order to be considered ‘compostable’, meaning that it can be organically recycled through composting or anaerobic digestion. This standard applies to plastic packaging and lignocellulosic materials.
The company said: “This EN certification specifically focuses on compostability, making sure Utopia’s straws adhere to strict biodegradable standards concerning biodegrading so they only have a positive impact on the environment. In other words, they actually give something back to the earth when their useful life is over.”
“In line with Utopia’s focus on innovation and bringing the best products to market, the paper straw range features different styles, patterns and diameters, suitable for any occasion and foodservice operation.”
The straws are said to be the largest paper straw in the market and are made from Forestry Stewardship Council certified paper.
The expanding range of paper straws includes stripes, metallic and full solid colour as well as a variety of patterns.
Utopia’s straws are available in the following sizes: cocktail (14cm), bottle (26cm) and jumbo (23cm) which complement the standard 20cm length.
Other products in its range include re-useable metal straws and stirrers, wooden stirrers and bamboo skewers.