Our Story

As seen on BBC news

About us

We are two teenage brothers, Amal and Aahan, who are concerned about the devastating impact of plastic pollution. Our story began on holiday in Kefalonia when we saw a plastic cup and straw blown from an overflowing bin towards the sea, which was famous for its turtles. Although this angered us, it also inspired us to set up a venture and campaign, The Last Straw Cheltenham, which aims to raise awareness of the impact of plastic pollution and provide alternatives to plastic straws in the hope of eradicating their use.

The Problem

Plastic straws create a big problem for the environment as they are non-biodegradable and small in size. This makes them very hard to recycle and easy for them to find their way into our rivers, lakes and oceans. As a result, they contribute to the littering of our oceans and accumulate in garbage patches. This presents a problem to both marine life, which becomes tangled in the plastic often ingesting it, and humans, who end up consuming plastic that has worked its way up the food chain.

The Solution

In an attempt to tackle this problem, we supply Bamboo straws and Wheat straws as sustainable alternatives. We firmly believe that paper straws are not the solution to this problem as they become soggy in drinks and are often too thick to be recycled. Our bamboo and wheat straws provide people and businesses with the opportunity to make a change and turn the tide on plastic pollution.

Why Bamboo

  • Sustainable -It is one of the most sustainable plant materials which is reusable, compostable and is also naturally antibacterial.
  • Fast Growing – Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants in the world and can growth at a rate of up to 4cm a day.

Why Wheat

  • Sustainable – Wheat straws can be thrown in the compost bin and they fully biodegrade over a period of 2-3 months
  • Waste-Free – Once the wheat has been harvested, the remaining stems, which are typically thrown away, are cut before being cleaned and made into straws.