Packaging Manufacturers Tetra Pak has said that it aims to launch a paper straw that is suitable for its portion-sized carton packages before the end of the year, in the hope of reducing plastic straw waste.
The company has been working to encourage consumers to push straws “back in the pack” once empty, so they can be collected along with the rest of the package.
Tetra Pak product management and commercial operations executive vice president Charles Brand said that it sounds simple, but in reality “there are a number of significant challenges to producing a paper straw with the required properties”.
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He added: “That said, our development team is confident they can find a solution, and that we’ll have a paper straw alternative ready to launch by the end of the year.”
According to the company, its packaging is about 75% paperboard, and paper straws would be another step towards the company’s long-term goal of offering a completely renewable portfolio.