Plant-based product manufacturer beyondGREEN biotech and flexible packaging producer Columbia Packaging Group have partnered to develop polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) straws in the US.
The partners will use Nodax, a PHA-based resin developed by Danimer Scientific, to produce what they claim are the world’s first fully plant-based straws.
The three companies aim to reduce ‘greenwashing’, the practice of overstating how environmentally friendly a company or product is, in drinking straw markets.
In a statement, beyondGREEN biotech said that the companies were “revolutionising” the industry.
The straws will be designed to ensure they do not get soggy and disintegrate or melt into drinks. The team will also make sure the straws do not affect drinks’ flavours.
The partnership aims to meet growing demand for the Nodax straws, which are produced at Danimer Scientific’s advanced manufacturing facility in Southern California.
Danimer Scientific uses its proprietary reactive extrusion process to produce Nodax, which is primarily designed for extrusion applications. It can be applied for different purposes, including straws.
Nodax complies with TÜV Austria’s Standards for Home and Industrial Compostability as well as its Standards for Marine and Soil Biodegradability.
In March, confectionery manufacturer Mars Wrigley partnered with Danimer Scientific to make home-compostable packaging, using Nodax to facilitate flexible and rigid designs.
Based in the US, beyondGREEN biotech manufactures bioplastic products using extrusion blown film and injection moulding processes.
The company operates manufacturing facilities in Santa Ana, California.