Happy New Years from OkStraw Paper Straws

Looking Forward to 2020

Happy New Years from all of us at OkStraw Paper Straws! 2019’s coming to a close, the fireworks are getting prepared, and the drinks are coming in fast and strong. Before we hit 2020, let’s take a look back at all 2019 brought to us. 

2019 was a big year for OkStraw Paper Straws. From trade shows to all-new products, we hit the ground running, and never looked back. We donated thousands of dollars worth of paper straws to local food banks and volunteered to help out in the kitchen at Father Joe’s Village. We helped clean up plastic pollution throughout San Diego and plan to continue helping the community into 2020. So grab a drink and a paper straw, and reminisce for just a bit.

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Lots of Trade Shows in 2019

This year, OkStraw Paper Straws made several trade show debuts, and we hit it off big! March saw us at the International Foodservice & Restaurant Show in New York City, rubbing elbows with the big shots. Come May, we packed our windbreakers, and headed off to the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago. 

 

By July, we packed our sunscreen, and jetted off to Orlando, where we attended the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show. August was another hot month for OkStraw, starting in New Orleans. We hit the Big Easy, and made our debut at the Louisiana Restaurant Show. 

We finished August at Western Food Expo in Los Angeles, establishing our reputation from coast to coast. We were even featured in Slate Magazine article, which was also pretty cool! 2019 was OkStraw’s national breakout year, and by golly is the jet lag kicking in!

Several Great New Paper Straw Products

This year saw a ton of new OkStraw paper straws to defeat those pesky plastic straws. Over the Summer, our paper spoon straws became a must have for any slushie drink. From there, we demonstrated our engineering abilities with our record-setting paper tiki straws. Completing this triumphant trio were our ADA-compliant paper bendy straws, delivering the final coup de grace to plastic straws. 

OkStraw also introduced more choices to our existing paper straws. New for 2019 are 4-ply options for our paper bubble tea straws, jumbo cocktail straws, and giant paper straws. So no matter what your needs are, there’s an OkStraw paper straw for you. We’re proud of what we brought to the market in 2019, and 2020’s also gonna be a blast!

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Let's Ring in the New Year!

So now that 2019’s under our belts, let’s grab 2020 by the horns! Next decade’s going to see new consumer trends, new environmental laws, and greater calls for environmental justice. At OkStraw Paper Straws, we’re up to any challenges that come our way. 

We love New Year’s resolutions, but we make them too hard. Well here’s a New Year’s resolution that’s easier than any you made before. Forget no junk food, or learning how to hula hoop. If you want to make the biggest difference and put in the least amount of effort, then switch to paper straws. It’s so easy that even Californians like us at OkStraw can do it!

Switching to paper straws isn’t just the easiest resolution ever, it also makes a HUGE difference. No more plastic straws means healthier oceans, less plastic waste, and a lower carbon footprint. So grab a drink and an OkStraw paper straw, watch the fireworks, and have an awesome New Year!

Christmas Paper Straws & Cocktails

Christmas Paper Straws…Tis the Season

The holidays are coming and with them are tons of cute holiday cocktails which need Christmas paper straws. We’re writing letters to Santa, hanging up our stockings, and hoping to find holiday paper straws under the Christmas tree!  Here at OkStraw, we have festive paper straws to fit your holiday needs. So grab a drink and a paper straw, because we have some beverage ideas for your holiday festivities.


Festive Paper Straws for Cocktails

We love a great cocktail for the holidays.  In fact, OkStraw has some beverage ideas for you! If you’re celebrating Kwanzaa, then give this classic cocktail a try. Invented by the first African American cocktail book author Tom Bullock, the Stinger celebrates a true trailblazer. The Stinger consists of brandy and creme de menthe, a mint-flavored spirit. Serve it over ice in a cocktail glass, complete with an OkStraw Paper Bar Stir.

Hannukah’s on the way, and that means here comes the Manischewitz! This sweet kosher wine is a holiday staple, and it makes for great cocktails, too! Mix Manischewitz, lemon-lime soda, fruits and vodka for a Hannukah Sangria. Serve with a festive paper straw, or if you’re feeling especially generous, try OkStraw paper tiki straws! L’Chaim!

Holiday Cocktails – Eggnog or Boba?

Eggnog is an old childhood Christmas drink favorite, and it’s for adults too! Adult eggnog is your regular nog, but with a kick from brandy, bourbon or rum. One or two shots per serving should do the trick, and is best served chilled. Now a heavy drink like eggnog calls for a tough straw, and that’s where OkStraw Giant Paper Straws come in. Available in festive colors, OkStraw Christmas Paper Straws are perfect for your Christmas beverage needs.

After all, who doesn’t love wintry flavored bubble tea? Just prepare boba tea the way you do, and add your preferred seasonal spice powder or syrup. Our favorites are peppermint and pumpkin spice boba tea. Of course no boba drink is complete without an OkStraw Bubble Paper Straw! Available in 4-ply and in different colors. Our Christmas paper straws for boba are as simple as red stripe straws and green stripe straws.


Seasonal Paper Straws

Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or all three, choose OkStraw’s seasonal paper straws. Available in fun colors, our festive  paper straws are the perfect compliment to your holiday celebrations.  We always carry Seasonal Paper Straws for any time of year.

OkStraw biodegradable paper straws come from sustainable forestry practices.  We take pride in only using organic materials.  Our Christmas Paper straws are 100 percent plastic free. In fact, they have no animal byproducts. That makes OkStraw’s seasonal paper straws are perfect for any occasion. From all of us at OkStraw, we wish you Happy Holidays.

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Holiday Straws to Celebrate Thanksgiving

Holiday straws are all the rage this fall with Thanksgiving approaching.  Holiday straws are a new Thanksgiving tradition at OkStraw.  Many of us picture Thanksgiving as that old cliché.  We are here to spice things up with seasonal paper straws.  Now let’s grab a drink, get our holiday paper straws ready and talk about Thanksgiving!


Thanksgiving History – Plymouth to Liberia

So where does Thanksgiving History start? We usually consider the 1621 feast at Plymouth as the first in Thanksgiving history. European Pilgrims sailed across the Atlantic to America. Many perished during a harsh Northeastern winter. An indigenous Pautuxet man named Squanto taught the surviving pilgrims how to grow crops.  Additionally, he taught how to fish the local waters. As a result of their success, a three-day feast was held.  This is considered the first Thanksgiving.  In 1863, President Lincoln made Thanksgiving History as he set the last Thursday of November as the official holiday.  Every president since kept the tradition.

Thanksgiving is also celebrated around the world. Canadian Thanksgiving falls on the second Monday in October. The Liberia in West Africa also celebrates Thanksgiving. So do the Caribbean countries St. Lucia and Grenada.  Be sure to grab your holiday straws if you are enjoying cocktails in the Caribbean.

Thanksgiving Paper Straws for every Culture

Thanksgiving paper straws are a new normal for the holiday everywhere!  In fact, many American states have their own unique regional dishes to couple with cute straws. Florida has key lime pies.  Perfect green stripe paper straws. Georgia’s famous for its pecan pies. Great for orange wave paper straws. And mushroom gravy  in Washington State?! We’ll stay away from that one. Hawai’ians use sweet Okinawan Purple Potatoes.  These pair perfectly with our purple stripe paper straws. Thanksgiving paper straws are more diverse than ever thanks to the people of America.  We at OkStraw Paper Straws love celebrating that.


OkStraw donated over $1500 dollars worth of paper straws to the San Diego Food Bank to show our thanks to the local community!

Holiday Straws for Thanksgiving Dinner

So now we know, Thanksgiving is more diverse than we’d ever imagined. But what do all of these Thanksgivings have in common? Everyone needs a paper straw, of course! Here at OkStraw, we created our own Thanksgiving dinner tradition. We ditched the plastic and switched to paper straws. We want holiday straws become part of every Thanksgiving dinner. To Show our commitment to this goal, OkStraw donated over $1500 dollars worth of paper straws to the San Diego Food Bank. From all of us at OkStraw, have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and welcome to our Cause for Paper Straws!

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Why We Do What We Do at OkStraw

When we think of any cold beverage we enjoy on the go, we will probably drink it through a plastic straw. World demand for plastic straws is enormous, with Americans alone using 500 million of them per day. Many of us are unaware, however, that single use plastic straws are destroying our oceans’ ecosystems. Plastic straws are almost impossible to recycle, and as a result, they end up among the millions of tons of trash that litter our oceans. Animals who live in oceans will often accidentally ingest plastic straws and die. As a result, entire ecosystems can be permanently damaged and even decimated, impacting millions of people around the world who depend on our precious resource of the oceans to survive.

With the future of the oceans and millions of people at stake, advocacy groups, companies, and governments are rising to the challenge of cutting out the deadly waste from single use plastic straws. At OKSTRAW, we are more than ever prepared to conquer this monumental challenge of producing and supplying eco-friendly alternatives to the destructive single use plastic straw, while also meeting the extremely high-volume consumer demand for beverage straws. In our mission to supply the world with new sustainable utensil options, there is no alternative but to end our addiction to plastic straws.

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