Campbelltown Catholic Club goes sustainable with vegetable matter straws

Picture: Jeff McGill

Picture: Jeff McGill

Having a drink with your friends can impact on our environment - but not at Campbelltown Catholic Club.

The club has removed all of its plastic straws and replaced them with clever new plant-based straws.

They look and feel exactly the same, said marketing manager Graeme Derrig, but are 100 per cent compostable.

"It's part of our ongoing focus on minimising environmental impact and looking towards more sustainable practices, ranging from growing our own herbs to better recycling of food scraps, water, glass and plastic," he said.

And, as small as it is, the humble straw is one of the world's worst environmental vandals.

Over eight million tonnes of plastic enter our oceans every year and straws are one of most common items picked up on beach clean ups.

As one of the most common single-use plastic products thrown away straws are a major source of unnecessary pollution, Mr Derrig said.

"Plastic straws cannot be broken down, releasing chemicals into the soil, air, and water harmful to animals, plants, people, and the environment," he said.

"The Catholic Club wants to help change that."

A ban on plastic straws is expected in many countries within the next decade, and paper straws get soggy, so the club has embraced the compostable PLA [plant-based plastic] clear straws from Vegware.

This British-based firm specialises in recycled or renewable materials delivered around the world via a sustainable and traceable supply chain.