FAQs

INDIVIDUALS

1.     Who is Sip Conscious?

Sip Conscious Straws is a social enterprise committed to environmental conservation. A social enterprise is an organization which utilizes commercial strategies to maximize social and environmental well-being, and whose profits are reinvested into the business. Social enterprises exist to address a social or environmental problem. In our case, we are committed to improving marine life through eliminating the use of plastic straws in favour of a more eco-trendy alternative – stainless steel straws.  

2.     What are Sip Conscious Straws made of?

Our straws are made from the highest quality, food-grade 18/8 stainless-steel, and are FDA approve. They will not rust nor degrade overtime.

3.     How can I purchase?

You can either purchase from one of our stockists (TBA soon) or buy directly from our online store.

4.     What is included in the package?

Our individual packages contain 4 stainless steel straws, a cleaning brush, and a carrier bag made from local shweshwe material.

What are the delivery options and fees?

We have three delivery options. When checking out, please choose the correct option. These include: 

Johannesburg – R60; Major Cities (Cape Town, Durban, Bloemfontein, Polokwane, Kimberley, George etc) – R85; Regional Centres (eg. Rustenburg, Umtata etc) – R95. If you require clarification, please contact us, we’d be happy to assist! (Shipping 3-7 days).

Alternatively, we offer a free pick-up service in Johannesburg. Once you have placed your order, pop us a message and we will forward pick-up details (there are two options in JHB).

5.     Are Sip Conscious Straws hygienic?

YES! Stainless steel is a non-porous material, which means that it does not leach chemicals, flavours, and other foods. It is easy to clean and durable, which makes it a popular choice in restaurant kitchens. Stainless steel is an invaluable and easy to clean (thus hygienic) material in the food and hospitality industries. (Click here for more info).

6.     How does one clean the straws?

Either wash your straw in the dishwasher with your other cutlery, or you can handwash it with dish soap and the cleaning brush.

7.     Why use metal straws, why not glass or bamboo?

As mentioned above, stainless steel is durable, hygienic, and eco-friendly. Remember, knives, forks and spoons are also made of stainless steel. Glass straws can easily break and can leach other foods and flavours. Bamboo straws will disintegrate over time and stain easily and are very unhygienic.

8.     Are biodegradable plastic straws or biodegradable paper straws a better option?

Biodegradable / compostable plastic straws may look and act like regular single-use plastic straws, which may seem like a benefit, but they do not send a message of environmental conservation and sustainability. Secondly, these straws can only be composted commercially (and cannot be done by individuals or restaurants) and are not marine degradable. They require very specific conditions to biodegrade – when all oxygen is removed and temperatures are above 60 degrees Celsius. Even when it does break down, it leaves behind a harmful residue of “plastic soup” microplastics that pollute the environment and harm the lowest of the food chain. Additionally, these straws cannot be recycled and have a single-use lifespan. When they enter the waters, they have the same effects as regular straws on marine life. They are harmful to sea creatures and release harmful toxins into the water. Whilst biodegradable straws appear to be an eco-friendly alternative to regular straws, they are not.  

9.     Why is plastic so bad?

Single-use plastic straws are consumed globally by the billions annually. But after their short lifespan, they are discarded. Plastic straws are then either dumped into landfills or the ocean. Unable to be recycled due to containing polypropylene, an oil-based product, they photodegrade into many smaller (invisible to the human eye) pieces of ‘microplastic’, which is then ingested by our marine life and in-turn ingested by humans through the consumption of fish. Human bioaccumulation of plastic can have disastrous health effects. The Scripps Institute of Oceanography released a study in 2011 asserting that 9,2% of fish have ingested plastic. A single straw takes 200 years to degrade but will never fully disappear from the earth. It is estimated that by 2050, the ocean will have more plastic than fish. Bisphenol A (BPA) is a toxic chemical used in the production of plastics. It leaches into food and drinks and can cause disease in humans. It mimics the activity of hormones such as oestrogen, and can cause reproductive disorders, diabetes, and heart disease. Furthermore, the production of plastic, and namely plastic straws, releases carcinogenic toxins into the atmosphere. These toxins are also harmful to humans and the environment. (Click here for more info).

10.  Do you offer packages for corporate gifting?

Yes, we do. Please contact us for further information.

11.  Do you offer bulk packages?

Yes, we do. Please contact us for further information.

RESTAURANTS

1.     Who is Sip Conscious?

Sip Conscious Straws is a social enterprise committed to environmental conservation. A social enterprise is an organization which utilizes commercial strategies to maximize social and environmental well-being, and whose profits are reinvested into the business. Social enterprises exist to address a social or environmental problem. In our case, we are committed to improving marine life through eliminating the use of plastic straws in favour of a more eco-trendy alternative – stainless steel straws.  

2.     What are Sip Conscious Straws made of?

Our straws are made from the highest quality, food-grade 18/8 stainless-steel, and are FDA approve. They will not rust nor degrade overtime.

3.     Are Sip Conscious Straws hygienic?

YES! Stainless steel is a non-porous material, which means that it does not leach chemicals, flavours, and other foods. It is easy to clean and durable, which makes it a popular choice in restaurant kitchens. Stainless steel is an invaluable and easy to clean (thus hygienic) material in the food and hospitality industries. (Click here for more info).

4.     How does one clean the straws?

First, place the straws in our dishwasher friendly caddy (that we provide at an additional cost) and then into the dishwasher. The soap will cleanse your straw and the heat will sterilise it. Alternatively, use the provided cleaning brush for a manual deep clean. Give us a call, we would be more than happy to provide a demonstration for restaurants wanting to stock Sip Conscious Straws!

5.     What is the dishwasher caddy?

Our Sip Conscious Straw caddy is also made from stainless steel and is dishwasher friendly. The caddy allows the straws to be conveniently stored and placed directly into the washing machine, sufficiently sterilising and cleaning the straws due to the holes at the base of the caddy. 150 straws fit into the caddy at a given time.

To make it even easier, the caddy can conveniently be taken out of the dishwasher and left for the straws to dry naturally, as well as providing a convenient, versatile and compact storage facility for the straws – ready to add that extra panache to any drink served at your establishment.

6.     Why use metal straws, why not glass or bamboo?

As mentioned above, stainless steel is durable, hygienic, and eco-friendly. Remember, knives, forks and spoons are also made of stainless steel. Glass straws can easily break and can leach other foods and flavours. Bamboo straws will disintegrate over time and stain easily and are very unhygienic.

7.     Are biodegradable plastic straws or biodegradable paper straws a better option?

Biodegradable / compostable plastic straws may look and act like regular single-use plastic straws, which may seem like a benefit, but they do not send a message of environmental conservation and sustainability. Secondly, these straws can only be composted commercially (and cannot be done by individuals or restaurants) and are not marine degradable. They require very specific conditions to biodegrade – when all oxygen is removed and temperatures are above 60 degrees Celsius. Even when it does break down, it leaves behind a harmful residue of “plastic soup” microplastics that pollute the environment and harm the lowest of the food chain. Additionally, these straws cannot be recycled and have a single-use lifespan. When they enter the waters, they have the same effects as regular straws on marine life. They are harmful to sea creatures and release harmful toxins into the water. Whilst biodegradable straws appear to be an eco-friendly alternative to regular straws, they are not.  

8.     Why is plastic so bad?

Single-use plastic straws are consumed globally by the billions annually. But after their short lifespan, they are discarded. Plastic straws are then either dumped into landfills or the ocean. Unable to be recycled due to containing polypropylene, an oil-based product, they photodegrade into many smaller (invisible to the human eye) pieces of ‘microplastic’, which is then ingested by our marine life and in-turn ingested by humans through the consumption of fish. Human bioaccumulation of plastic can have disastrous health effects. The Scripps Institute of Oceanography released a study in 2011 asserting that 9,2% of fish have ingested plastic. A single straw takes 200 years to degrade but will never fully disappear from the earth. It is estimated that by 2050, the ocean will have more plastic than fish. Bisphenol A (BPA) is a toxic chemical used in the production of plastics. It leaches into food and drinks and can cause disease in humans. It mimics the activity of hormones such as oestrogen, and can cause reproductive disorders, diabetes, and heart disease. Furthermore, the production of plastic, and namely plastic straws, releases carcinogenic toxins into the atmosphere. These toxins are also harmful to humans and the environment.

9.     What if customers steal the straws?

We have a solution. Charge a fee on the bill for every straw used, if the straw is not returned when paying the bill, the customer must pay for the straw. If the straw is returned, the customer need not pay the fee. Alternatively, give the customer your trust and have a sign that reminds them to return the straw and puts guilt in the heart of any potential thief.

10.  Is it cost effective?

Yes! Stainless steel straws are reusable and durable saving money in the long-term while doing business and living with a clearer conscience.

 

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