Eco-Products, a Novolex brand, has announced a new line of compostable straws made from plant-based plastic and as durable as conventional straws. Made from polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA), a plant-based plastic derived from canola oil, the straws are BPI-certified compostable and meet the ASTM D6400 standard for compostability.

“With demand rising for more sustainable choices, we are committed to offering the best in compostable products,” says Nicole Tariku, director of product development for Eco-Products. “These innovative straws are heat resistant and durable like conventionally made straws, while still offering flexible composting options.”

Because the straws are made with plant-based PHA, their organic nature allows them to act as a food source to the bacteria that aid in decomposition. These PHA straws are able to biodegrade in a commercial compost facility or a home compost pile.

They are offered in a variety of lengths from 5.5 to 10.25 inches and are available in individually wrapped or unwrapped options. The wrapped version is clearly marked as compostable so guests and staff know to properly dispose of it in a compost bin.

Like many Eco-Products offerings, the straws have been certified as compostable by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI), a science-driven organization that provides certification for materials and products that biodegrade in commercial composting environments.

“Businesses are increasingly looking for compostable products that perform as well as those made from conventional plastic,” Tariku says. “The addition of these straws gives our customers even more choices in our ever-growing compostable product bundle, which is now over 400 items.”