The Paper Straw Group is part of Optichrome Ltd, a third-generation printer focused on doing the right thing. Founded by Ken Stephens in the 60s – the same decade that saw plastic drinking straws widely adopted – Optichrome has evolved into a full service communications business and leader in sustainable print. One of few printers to be EMAS registered, an environmental accreditation achieved in record time, we believe ‘if there’s a better way to do something, do it!’ It’s an attitude that sees us continually innovate and achieve industry firsts. As such, we only work with progressive suppliers that share our social and environmental values. All Optichrome paper and Paper Straw Group’s British made paper drinking straws come from the finest, climate-friendly sources, and our vegetable-based biodegradable inks and glue meet FDA standards.

Let’s drink to a better world

A personal message from our founder...

“Our family business has always cared about the impact its actions have on the world. But watching the Blue Planet series and witnessing the effect plastic has on oceans and marine life, lit a spark inside me. Like many, I wanted to do more to reverse this environmental disaster, so I created the Paper Straw Group.

"Since forming, we’ve been championing the use of 100% biodegradable drinking straws, and I’m delighted to see many more bars, restaurants and cinemas go plastic free. Making the switch fun and easy on the pocket, all our British made trade and party straws can be customised for any venue or event, from hen parties to weddings and sold in quantities of 50 to 5 million. They’re also highly durable, so there’s no soggy sucking involved!”

Natalie Stephens
Group MD