UrthPact Launches Home Compostable Boba Straws and New Color Options at the National Restaurant Association Show

Leominster, MA. (May 20, 2023): UrthPact – the global leader in certified compostable foodservice ware manufacturing—announces the addition of Boba straws to its line of home and industrial compostable and marine-degradable products. UrthPact is also expanding its customizable color options for its sustainable straws and you can see them at booth #9620. 

UrthPact’s new Boba Straw is designed for your customer’s satisfaction and your sustainability business goals. Made from natural, certified compostable materials, the straw is home compostable and biodegradable. They break down into organic matter within months, returning nutrients to the soil and avoiding pollution in our oceans and landfills.

In addition, we offer customers the ability to customize straws to reflect their brand, a promotional color of their choice, and printed messages on the wrap. New colors include orange, cornflower blue, and shades of green and black, which were introduced last year.

UrthPact’s new Boba Straw offers a delightful drinking experience for your customers. The smooth texture and unique design make it perfect for enjoying boba teas, smoothies, milkshakes, and other cold beverages. The straw is also durable and will not break down or become soggy, ensuring your customers can enjoy their drinks to the last sip.

“Our straws not only help mitigate the single-use global plastic problem, unlike paper straws, consumers constantly tell us they function like legacy straws. This ensures they have the same experience they’ve come to expect,” said UrthPact CEO Paul Boudreau. “This straw is just an example of our ability to develop a custom solution to meet any specific requirement,” added Boudreau. 

UrthPact straws are available through multiple regional and national distributors. They are used by restaurants, juice bars, hotels, convenience stores, and other businesses offering sustainable straws. 

By choosing an UrthPact Straw, your business takes an important step towards a more sustainable future. And your customers will feel good knowing they are reducing their environmental impact. 

Manufactured in Leominster, MA, and Lincoln, CA, UrthPact straws reduce the pollution caused by plastic waste, including the pollution generated by shipping plastic straws from China, CO2 pollution, and damage to our forests during the production of paper straws.   

For more information about our new Boba Straw, colors, or our other sustainable products, stop by Booth #9620. 

Founded in 2013, UrthPact’s mission is to reduce the impact of single-use plastics on our environment by creating single-use products that are certified compostable by BPI and TUV that meet the needs of businesses and their consumers. Products have included compostable cutlery lines that work in a dispensing unit, industrial compostable one-way degassing valves,  compostable drinking straws, and the world’s first 100% compostable single-use coffee pod used in Keurig brewers.

UrthPact’s Certified Compostable Straws are good for your customers, environment, and business

Straws may not be #1 on your list of sustainable packaging objectives. However, single-use plastic bans, including straws, are impacting multiple cities, counties, and states across the US and other parts of the world.  

We all know the benefits of eliminating or minimizing single-use plastics in our environment.

So, ask yourself, why should straws be on your list?

A significant value is generated when you switch from single-use plastics to sustainable alternatives. It’s a solution to a problem. Replacing your plastic straws with a certified compostable solution, such as those offered by UrthPact, can help your business in various ways.

For example…

  • Does your business have an ESG goal? 
  • Did you sign the Climate Pledge?
  • Are you looking to address the current plastic bans?  
  • Do you need to reduce your overall carbon footprint?  
  • Would you like to offer your customers a more sustainable, customized solution?
  • Do you need a more economical, sustainable solution?

As a contract manufacturer, UrthPact specializes in providing certified home and industrial compostable and marine-degradable alternatives to plastic and paper straws. We believe it is essential to offer sustainable products made from renewable resources that are convenient, reliable, economical, and durable.

As a contract manufacturer, when you work with UrthPact, you can have it your way. We will customize a straw to meet your branding requirements, including sizes, colors, and wrap messages. 

Our straws are better for the environment than plastic and paper alternatives and are more durable and enjoyable for your customers. Our customers report that our straws are less prone to breaking or going soggy, and the natural materials give them a pleasant texture and taste.

As a company, we are committed to positively impacting the environment. Our company mission is to keep 25 billion plastic parts from polluting our landfills and oceans by 2028. 

To help us achieve our goal, we are constantly researching and working with new materials and products to help reduce waste and pollution. Small changes can make a big difference, and by choosing our straws, you are making a conscious decision to reduce your environmental impact in the communities you serve.

Coming to the 2023 National Restaurant Association Show? Stop by Booth #9620 and talk to us about how UrthPact can be your resource and one of the solutions to help you meet your business and sustainability goals. 

Founded in 2013, UrthPact’s mission is to reduce the impact of single-use plastics on our environment by creating single-use products that are certified compostable by BPI and TUV that meet the needs of businesses and their consumers.

The Summer of Sustainability – with UrthPact!

What is it about summer that makes want to make even more sustainable choices than the rest of the year? Could it be that we spend more time outdoors during the summer at the beach, hiking in the wilderness, or spending time with family and friends? Is it that we associate summer with our oceans and sustainable seas are one of the most important areas of sustainability? Or could it be that humans are continuing to dump millions of tons of plastic waste into the ocean? If you agreed with any of the above, you’d be right! During the summer time, people have a tendency to spend more time outside, making them more aware of their natural world and their own effects on it. And for those of us who don’t mind sand in our toes and salt in our hair, a lot of that time is spent at the beach, where we can often see marine plastic pollution first hand. And it’s currently estimated that up to 200 million tons of plastic waste is already in our oceans; a number that continues to rise as plastic waste production reaches all time highs. We bring you the Summer of Sustainability to encourage you to make sustainable choices this summer, and give you some tips to be greener and bluer!

One of the easiest ways to be more sustainable while adventuring this summer is to try and use all reusable products and containers on your trips! Water bottles, reusable plastic containers, and metal straws are all easy products to carry along with you to store all of your snacks and beverages, and they help to reduce the amount of single-use plastic waste we put into our waste system. If you do have to use a single-use plastic – like a plastic water bottle or a chip bag – be sure to dispose of it in the right place! If you’re at the beach, bring a trash bag for all of your disposables, and carry them home. If you use a plastic bottle on a hike, put it back in your bag to recycle it at the bottom of the trail or at home. By ensuring we dispose of our trash in the right places, we greatly reduce the chance of it ending up as litter somewhere, whether that’s the land or the sea.

Another tactic if you need to use disposables this summer is try and find more sustainable disposables than traditional, petroleum-based plastic ones. Plastic straws and cutlery have lifetimes of hundreds to thousands of years, and they only ever break down to tiny microplastics. These microplastics are then ingested by animals that are consumed by humans, absorbed by plants, and even scattered about the world via wind and water. New studies show that humans are consuming 5 grams of plastic a day! Let’s put that in perspective: 5 grams per day is 1,825 grams of plastic per year, or about 4 pounds, or the same weight as your average bottle of ketchup. That’s A LOT of plastic for humans to be consuming! And the same negative effects that plastic waste has on wildlife also applies to humans: toxic leeching, risk for disease, and everything in between. By choosing disposables that are compostable, and overall, more sustainable, you not only protect the planet, but yourself as well.

The Summer of Sustainability is only 3 months out of the year. At UrthPact, we use this time of year to encourage our team and our partners to make more sustainable decisions for our planet. But in reality, only being sustainable in the summer isn’t enough. In order to reverse the damage done to our planet by plastics, we need a full year of everyone making more sustainable choices. No single person can do it alone. So encourage your friends, family, neighbors, and business partners to make more planet-friendly choices, not just this summer, but all year round. 

UrthPact Launches New Disposable, Home Compostable Black Straw for Use in All Food Service Venues

Leominster, MA. (July 5, 2022): UrthPact – the leader in compostable foodservice ware manufacturing, announces the addition of a black straw to its disposable straw product line. 

Made from plants, PHA is produced through natural fermentation processes using plant oils such as soy and canola, which degrades easily and entirely in multiple environments, including home and commercial compost, soil, and marine. This innovative material lends itself perfectly to straw use. The straws will not get soggy like paper straws, but they are also a game-changer in reducing the single-use plastic straw pollution plaguing our oceans and landfills. They satisfy both environmental activists and the straw sipping consumer.

“Our straws not only help mitigate the single-use global plastic problem, unlike paper straws, consumers cannot tell the difference, ensuring they have the same experience they’ve come to expect,” said UrthPact CEO Paul Boudreau.

Introduced at the National Restaurant Association Show in May of this year, UrthPact is now able to meet the demands of both current and prospective customers. “This straw is just an example of our ability to develop custom-colored straws for any brand,” added Boudreau. 

UrthPact’s straws come in a variety of sizes, including Cocktail, Jumbo Standard, Giant Standard, Jumbo Long, and Giant Long. UrthPact straws are available through various regional and national distributors. They are used by restaurants, juice bars, hotels, convenience stores, and other businesses that currently offer straws to their customers. 

Manufactured in Leominster, MA, and Sacramento, CA, UrthPact straws reduce the pollution caused by plastic waste. By offering UrthPact straws, businesses reduce the pollution generated by shipping plastic straws from China, CO2 pollution and damage to our forests during the production of a paper straws.   

UrthPact straws meet the current city and state plastic bans in the US, Canada, and other countries and helps companies fulfill their sustainability mission.

About UrthPact

Founded in 2013, UrthPact’s mission is to reduce the impact of single-use plastics in our environment by creating single-use products from earth-friendly materials that meet the needs of businesses and consumers. UrthPact is dedicated to its mission of keeping 25 billion plastic parts from polluting landfills and oceans by 2028. To date, products have included compostable cutlery lines that work in a dispensing unit, industrial compostable one-way degassing valves, and compostable drinking straws, as well as the world’s first 100% compostable single-use coffee pod used in Keurig brewers and the world’s only certified compostable water bottle, cap, and label. Follow UrthPact on LinkedIn, Facebook, or @urthpact_llc on Instagram and @urthpact on Twitter.

What Can UrthPact Do for You?

Are you looking to make sustainable changes in your business but aren’t sure where to start? Is your city implementing plastic bans that you need to comply with? Are you customers demanding that you make better choices for the planet? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then UrthPact is here to help. Our goal is to help you help the planet, while still providing high quality products to your customers and their end users, while also complying with local plastics ordinances. Our compostable product lines help to provide the experiences your customers expect from their single-use problems without causing any harm to the planet.

Plastic is bad. We all know it, we’ve all heard it, and we’ve all had the 3 R’s jammed into our head for years now: reduce, reuse, recycle. But we think a 4th R is much more important: rethink. Are single-use products really the problem? Or is the problem that we chose to make them out of a material that was originally designed to last hundreds of years? New technology has allowed us to produce the products we know and love from materials that are much more environmentally friendly. At UrthPact, one of our main goals is to help educate the world on compostable bioplastics, and the potential that these materials have for the future of the single-use products industry. When you partner with us to provide compostables to your customers, you don’t just get a manufacturing partner; you also get an educational partner. We’ll provide you with a wealth of knowledge and resources to help explain and communicate to your customers the positive choices you’re making for the planet, and how that directly reflects back to them. Studies show that consumers are actively changing their buying preferences and habits based on the sustainability of a business, and therefore communicating your sustainable choices is a key piece of your success.

On top of providing a wide range of resources for you to utilize with your customers, we also help businesses to build a more sustainable brand image. We’ve been in this field a long time, and our team has lots of experience in creating a seamless brand experience on our products. Because we are 100% customizable, you can communicate your brand’s message through custom packaging, implementation of brand colors, and everything in between. And we’ll be there to advise you the entire way. We believe in a win, win, win, win situation: when your customers win, you win, we win, AND the planet wins. We truly believe in the benefits and quality of products, and we want our partners to be able to take them and make them their own. That’s what sets us apart from the competition and allows us to reach a wider customer base. You’ve already built your brand, now let us help you make it more sustainable. 

UrthPact also helps our partners to achieve a variety of sustainability goals. Like we said before: consumers are actively choosing more sustainable businesses to shop from, or to eat at. They’re also willing to spend more money if they know the product or service they are getting in return is sustainable or planet-friendly. Having sustainability goals in place and actively working to achieve them is a great way to make your businesses more planet-friendly in the eyes of consumers. Implementing compostable products reduces waste, lowers overall carbon footprint, and gives back to the environment when they’re disposed of. And, they’ll satisfy your customers’ needs as well. They won’t turn to mush in a smoothie, cause your coffee to be weaker, or snap in half when you try to cut a burger in half. They’ll provide all of the functionality that your customers expect but still push you closer to your sustainability goals than anything made of plastic would.

At UrthPact, we want to see our partners succeed. When our partners win, we win, and the planet wins. We are behind you 100% of the way, whether it’s assisting with sustainability messaging and marketing, providing educational resources, or reaching sustainability goals. Our long-term goal is to keep 25 billion pieces of plastic from reaching oceans and landfills. And we can’t reach that goal without all of our incredible partners, current and future. So to answer the simple question: what can UrthPact do for you? We can help you save the world from plastic.