Transparency & Trust in OkStraw’s Supply Chain
OkStraw presents a commitment to the safety of our Planet & Paper Straws alike.
Sourcing sustainable restaurant supplies is the core of our mission. Sustainability starts with our paper. We partnered with the Forest Stewardship Council & Composter Manufacturer’s Alliance to ensure our paper products are green from begging to end.
Restaurants & Bars can confidently serve drinks using OkStraw products, knowing they are FDA & EU complaint. We use virgin paper, with no added gluten (used with recycled paper). Our glue is organic & food safe. Our paper dyes are also soy-based and all natural. Sip safely with OkStraw’s paper straws!
Our paper sources are certified ‘sustainable’ by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). These NGO’s certify the chain-of-custody procedures to ensure our paper is sourced from sustainably managed origins of wood.
Biodegradability and Marine Degradability
OkStraw uses natural cellulose paper as the primary material of our paper drinking straws. Paper, being a natural fiber, is biodegradable and is supported as such by organizations such as the San Francisco Food Service Ware Ordinance.
Our paper straws naturally degrade in oceans, rivers, and lakes. They are also safe for marine life, unlike PLA or plastic. These pose a serious threat to the marine environment. They do not biodegrade & fragment into micro-plastics. These in turn are ingested by marine life and humans thereafter.
OkStraw™ is certified as meeting the requirements of ISO 9001:2008. The paper drinking straw is included in the score of this registration.
FOOD SAFE – FDA/EU COMPLIANT
Our paper straws are tested against FDA test method 21 CFR 176.170. Good news – we are FDA compliant! OkStraw products are also in compliance with Council of Europe Resolution AP (2002). This relates to paper materials intended to come into contact with food. Additionally, our products are in compliance with The General Requirement (Article 3) in EU Regulation No. 1935/2004 as referenced in Report Number EFSH13080415-ST.
BfR – Federal Institute for Risk Assessment
OkStraw is internationally recognized by the BfR in meeting EU food & safety standards. This is Germany’s “FDA” and the liaison to the European Food Safety Authority. The BfR prepared the EU Food Safety Almanac in close cooperation with the EFSA and was tasked to provide scientific advice to the federal government of Germany on issues relating to food safety, product safety, chemical safety, and contaminants in the food chain for consumer health protection.
SGS – General Society of Surveillance
OkStraw is SGS approved! This is an independent French multinational company which provides inspections and quality verification. They measure the quantity, weight and quality of traded goods; the testing of quality and performance against various international health, safety and regulatory standards.
LFGB – Food and Commodities Act
OkStraw earned international recognition by being in compliance with Germany’s ‘LFGB’. The LFGB is Germany’s Food Safety Management Act. It is designed to match and exceed European Union standards. It regulates all aspects of food in Germany including household items, food packaging materials, and chemicals which may migrate into food. All food-related commodities must meet the basic requirements of the LFGB. OkStraw products exceeds those requirements!