Make an Impact. Go Green with Paper Straws.

Making headlines across the country is one thing you might not expect, it’s an item we use every day and most people don’t even think twice about it. Of course, we’re talking about straws. If you’re in California, you’ll know about the recently implemented straw ban that restricts the use of plastic straws in the foodservice industry.

Restrictions like these are aimed to reduce the number of straws that ultimately pollute our oceans and can be detrimental to ocean life. The plastic used to make disposable straws are non-biodegradable which means that it can take 500 years for plastic straws to decompose. Facts like these have given scientists a lot to think about in terms of our ecosystem and our legacy for years to come.  In the United States alone, we use 500 million straws daily. That’s a lot of plastic.

Eco-conscious citizens are beginning to wonder what they can do to reduce the amount of plastic that is flooding our oceans; thankfully we have a few solutions.

Paper straws are on the uptrend across the country in anticipation of future legislation that will restrict the usage of plastic straws and many companies in the foodservice industry are already going to make the switch to more effective straws. Some are writing off straws altogether, deciding to go straw-less for their cold beverages.

One of the most cost-effective and eco-friendly materials we can use for straws is paper. Paper straws are sweeping this food service industry as a trendy, cost-effective, and green way to make a stance alongside the plastic straw ban. Big brands like Starbucks are phasing out straws altogether and replacing them with paper alternates. Most of these paper straws are built with cardboard like-paper and take a significant time to dissolve. Paper products like this are easily compostable and direct us towards a more eco-friendly future.

Alongside paper straws, people are opting to switch to Polylactic Acid or PLA straws for short. Don’t be dissuaded by the name, this plastic is made to last. Not to mention they have the same look and feel of regular plastic straws! The difference is PLA is a biodegradable material and takes about 6 months to decompose in a commercial composting facility.

 

If you’re looking for a place to start to create a more eco-friendly business, don’t worry! Many businesses are looking to switching things up and don’t know where to begin. Look at what you’re using the most for your to-go products, or straw usage. Are you reaching for straws more often than necessary? Does your to-go packaging include straws on default whether someone ordered a drink or not? These are little changes that can have a big impact.

Karat Earth® carries a whole line of PLA and paper straws at varying sizes to accommodate any beverage.  From our straws, half-moon lids, to Strawless™ Sipper lid, we have you covered!

Times might be changing, and they might be scary for some, but these little changes now are moving us slowly but surely into a brighter future.

Lollicup Hosts Annual Family Day to Celebrate Employees

Every year Lollicup USA Inc. gives back to their employees and hosts an event where employees have the opportunity to introduce their work family to their home family.

This year Lollicup celebrated their employees with a casual fun event at a local private park for Labor Day Weekend to help employees feel like a kid again. There were games, an airbrush artist, and catered classic barbecue foods. Employees were able to let loose and relax on their holiday weekend and spend some quality time with fellow employees outside of work.

Lollicup has multiple locations throughout the United States so not all employees outside of California were able to attend this event. Lollicup USA Inc. decided to have each location who wasn’t able to attend the main event take their team out to a nice dinner as a token of their appreciation.

This year alone Lollicup USA has received two awards for their outstanding service for companies El Pollo Loco and Chili’s. This was all possible because of our amazing employees that took the time to make sure our clients needs were met.

Lollicup is grateful for all of our employees hard work and glad that we were able to show their employees some appreciation along with their families.

Vendor Seminar Series: Ghirardelli

Ghirardelli is one of our proud vendors and participated in our Vendor Seminar this past week. Ghirardelli did a great job leveraging beverage and product knowledge to our customers. This presentation was valuable to customers because they got to see new beverage trends and what they should be utilizing on their menu to get the most profit.

Through this presentation it was expressed that consumers care about visual presentation, health benefits and playing with different textures when it comes to food and beverage. One awesome trick “the fastest growing flavor is salted caramel and vanilla is the number one flavor people choose when ordering a beverage”.

Vendor seminars are a great tool for customers to utilize as they will gain great business knowledge and test out or learn about products that will help grow their business.

Community Clean Up Day

A group of employees teamed up at our Chino, CA location to help follow our companies initiatives to be more Eco-friendly. With thought about how they could help, they decided to go to a local park to pick up trash as a small step to start. In fact, the average American throws away more than 7 pounds of garbage a day which can add up to about 254 million tons of trash each year.

This is a shocking amount and our team knew we should help tackle this issue. This local park has a small pond with an ecosystem of ducks, turtles, and other living creatures that could suffer from pollution. The Lollicup Team took on the job of cleaning up the park to make it a safer, cleaner place for the animals to inhibit and the local community to enjoy.

Even though this gesture was small we know we made a positive impact on our local community and environment. We hope to have future events that can help bring our team together to bond and create more change for our planet because being more Eco-friendly is not only for our products but something that is a part of our company’s culture and goals.

Lollicup® USA Inc. is a company that knows times are changing and being environmentally friendly is a social issue important to a lot of companies and customers. Lollicup® USA Inc. launched their brand Karat Earth® in 2008 in order to help make it easier on their customers to switch to Eco-friendly products without compromising quality.