University cafes swap to eco-friendly wheat straws

Students queuing for service at the library cafe

  • 03 January 2020
  • 1 min read

Wheat drinking straws are being phased in across University cafes, for anyone who would like a straw with their drink.

These straws are a by-product of wheat harvests, using the hollow stems of the plant. This means unlike paper straws, they don’t don’t require trees to be felled for paper production – and they don’t become soggy!

They’re biodegradable and compostable, so can be disposed of in the University’s usual food waste bins. The straws are gluten free, and there will also be some paper straws available should customers prefer them.

They will be phased into use in University cafes over the coming months, as the stock of paper straws runs out.

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