The founding mothers
Hi there, we’re glad that you found us!
We are Elise and Josephine, also known as the Rawstraw-team. During the beginning of our last year of high school we came up with a slightly crazy idea. We wanted to create a disposable straw that neither ruined our planet nor ruined the enjoyment of a drink. In the following years we learned that it is far from idea to reality, but with hard work and a lot of passion nothing is impossible!
Our journey started back in 2018 when we discovered that there were no environmentally friendly alternatives to plastic straws on the market. Having worked in restaurants and bars, we had first-hand experience of the huge amount of plastic waste that was disposed of each week. This is why we decided to take matters into our own hands and develop an eco-friendly, 100% natural and biodegradable drinking straw.
In our first attempt we decided to invent a completely new material that would tick all of these boxes. We stood in our kitchen and mixed all the ingredients that we could find, but without any luck. Instead, we started to look around us and suddenly realised that the solution was much easier than we first thought. It grew right outside of our windows, on the Swedish fields.
After this realisation we went to visit a local farmer where we bought our first chive of rye. On our way home we couldn’t wait any longer, so we stopped at the nearest fast food restaurant and ordered a soda without the plastic straw. We broke a piece of rye straw off, put it in the drink and right there, in the parking lot of McDonalds, the first rawstraw was born.
This is how rye looks like early on! Our raw material is sourced from local farmers and then transported to our production facility an hour away.
Delivery time! Our production is very simple and consists of three steps: cutting, boiling and drying. Naturally, our process is 100% chemical-free and every straw is carefully and manually sorted to ensure the highest quality.
After the drying process, the straws are moved into our (str)awesome packaging and ready for their new home!
Join our #rawstrawfamily today and enjoy our 100% eco-friendly drinking straws!