Stainless Steel Straws and Boba Tea Retailers: Your Straws Don't Need to Suck

by John Weil August 20, 2019 2 min read

 Stainless Steel Straws for Boba Tea?

 Boba tea enthusiasts know that the perfect bubble tea is an addicting experience. A good bubble tea is sweet and ice cold, slightly creamy, and flavored with your favorite choice from hundreds of bright, refreshing flavors. Then, nearly done with your drink, you find the tapioca treasures at the bottom of the glass and slurp them up your GIANT PLASTIC STRAW. 

Bubble Tea Retailers: Your Straws Suck

     We love boba tea and we thank you for selling it! Really, it's delicious and as filling as a light meal. But those huge plastic straws are costing you business. 

     The impact of plastic straws on our environment became a buzz on the internet when a video of a sea turtle having a plastic straw removed from his nasal passage made us all wince in sympathy. Public outcry became so heated California's Governor Jerry Brown passed a law requiring restaurants ask customers before providing them with a straw.

     Regardless of your own opinion on the plastic straw debate, the fact is boba tea retailers are losing business because of it. Between the impact of local legislation and growing consumer concern, bubble tea shops are surely suffering. The good news is that you have some options as new styles of straws make a welcome entrance into the industry.

Other Options:

  • Stainless Steel straws are becoming popular among consumers. You could offer them at your point of sale. 
  • Glass Straws are also available, and can be sold at your shop.
  • Paper Straws can be custom ordered and can enhance your branding efforts.

You Aren't Alone

     According to National Geographic, bubble tea retailers aren't the only beverage retailers hustling to make changes. NG says Starbucks will phase out traditional plastic straws by 2020. McDonald's will stop providing plastic straws in Ireland and the U.K. Even Alaska Airlines is dropping plastic straws for their in-flight services. 

      At Sand Straw, we love bubble tea almost as much as we love talking about straws. Feel free to contact us if you'd like to hear some creative straw advice for your bubble tea stands.