What exactly is it?
Wheat straw is the stalk left over after wheat grains are harvested. Traditionally, it has been treated as a waste. In some countries, farmers burn it, contributing to air pollution and creating a public health hazard. However, these stalks still have value. We reclaim this material and use it to make our wheat straw products.
Why we use it?
We know that forests are threatened and endangered around the world, so it is important to us to find alternative materials that do not require virgin forest resources. With wheat straw, you can still use high performing disposable “paper” products, but know that you are choosing a product that is made from rapidly renewable and reclaimed wheat straw instead of trees. Best of all, at the end of its life, you can send your clamshell to the commercial composting facility instead of the landfill.
What’s cool about it?
By using wheat straw in our products, we are diverting material from the waste stream and using a reclaimed resource to make durable, lightweight, and compostable packaging. Our wheat straw production facilities are also located near wheat fields, to minimize transportation in the supply chain.
What is not so cool about it?
Commercial composting facilities that accept food scraps are not yet widespread in the US. We hope that this changes soon because wheat straw is a valuable, fibrous addition to compost that can often support the composting process. Let us know if you learn about a compost facility that is accepting wheat straw products.