single-use plastic straws
Every day, between 800-1000 straws are used to fulfil our cravings, in each bubble tea outlet in Singapore. And with over 500 outlets islandwide, that’s a staggering amount of plastic congesting our earth for 200 years.
We love bubble tea just as much as you do and believe it shouldn’t have to cost us the earth. That’s why as a start we’ve worked with our partners at LiHO Tea, PlayMade and Woobbee to replace all plastic straws in their 117 outlets with plant-based ones that are 100% compostable.
It may seem like a small step but it’s one that will make a big difference as we convince other bubble tea brands to trade in their plastic straws for Plantstick straws.
Made from plant-based materials, Grab Plantstick straws leave no harmful residue. They’re not just made from plants, they’re made for plants too. So you could literally plant them and watch your love of bubble tea grow.
Does it work? We’ll put our celery on it!
Our straws are certified in accordance with EN13432 and ASTM6400 compostable standards and have been heavily tested, passing various tests for biodegradability and toxicity, including the celery and earthworm tests. Meaning lifeforms are not just able to survive, but thrive in soil our straws have decomposed in.
Ready to let your craving do the saving?
Stop by any LiHO, PlayMade and Woobbee store now to do your part for the environment by saying no to single-use plastics, and yes to Plantstick.
Does the straw 100% environmentally friendly?
Yes, it is 100% compostable.
What is the straw made of ?
Plantstick straw is made of plant based material. Material have also passed various tests for biodegradability, including toxicity tests and compost analysis like the celery and earthworm test.
What is compostable material ?
While all compostable material is biodegradable, not all biodegradable material is compostable. The primary difference between the two is that while biodegradable materials return to nature, they can disappear completely and sometimes leave metal residue, but compostable materials create something called humus, or nutrient-rich, water-retaining soil that plants love.
Is there any certification to proof the compostable standards ?
Yes, it is certified in accordance with the EN13432 and ASTM6400 compostable standards
Who is Grab partnering with for this initiatives?
We want to start with the most loved drinks by Singaporeans, bubble tea! Brands we are partnering is LiHO Tea, Woobbee and PlayMade. Total bubble stores that will replace their plastic straws with Plantstick straw is 117 outlets.
How can i get the Plantstick straws ?
You can get the straws when you buy in store or via GrabFood delivery. There is no limitation of how you purchase, as long as you buy from the 3 bubble tea brands, you will get the Plantstick straws.
Will there be more brands carrying this straws?
Our team is currently working with more brands to replace their straws. Watch this space for any future announcement.
What can individuals do to ensure that the straws are properly composted?
We are currently working with our merchants to have compostable bins available at participating bubble tea merchants. At the meantime, please collect the straws and return them to the store once our bins are ready. Returning points will be updated in this website soon, so watch out for this space.