Why aren’t plastic straws recyclable?
Plastic straws are made from polypropylene, which is a byproduct of petroleum, a fossil fuel that requires an incredible amount of energy and natural resources to extract and refine. Polypropylene is identifiable by the resin identification code 5 and is commonly recyclable, just often not in drinking straw format. Size is the biggest barrier to straw recycling. As plastic travels down conveyor belts while being sorted, small items like bottle caps and straws fall through the cracks and end up being sent to the landfill. As of right now there aren’t many (if any) special straw-recycling facilities either, which means when you use a straw, you know that plastic will sit in a landfill for years to come. (Recyclebank).
What are Fin straws made of?
Fin straws are made out of 18/8 food grade stainless steel. It is naturally rust-resistant and BPA free!
How do I wash my straw and pouch?
We recommend washing your straw before first use and between uses. Hand wash your straw with soap and warm water using the brush that comes with your straw. To wash the pouch simply remove the carabiner, wash on gentle cycle, and air dry.
How can I help?
Although 1% of all purchases will be donated to Ocean Conservancy, there are many other organizations working to protect our oceans and put an end to single use plastics. Check out a few below!
Plastic Pollution Coalition is a growing global alliance of individuals, organizations, businesses, and policymakers working toward a world free of plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, animals, waterways and oceans, and the environment.
The Last Plastic Straw strives to educate the public about the absurdity of single use plastic, its effects on our health, our environment, and our oceans. We aim to eliminate from the source, single use plastic pollution.
Surfrider Foundation is a community of everyday people who passionately protect our playground - the ocean, waves, and beaches that provide us so much enjoyment.
If you receive your Fin straw and it’s not your jam - that’s completely fine! Simply send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll let you know where to mail your straw back to. We do not reimburse for return shipping costs.