The True Cost of Paper Straws and the Art of Mindfulness
Everywhere you look, businesses are ditching their plastic straws.
It’s basically a frenzy.
In fact, earlier last year, Bon Appetit Management Co., a large-scale food service company with over 1,000 locations across the U.S., announced that they will begin phasing out plastic, or environmentally harmful straws, immediately.
This is just one example of many companies and businesses switching out plastic for eco-friendly, paper straws.
But with all this hype, there’s one question on everyone’s mind:
What’s the cost of paper straws?
To answer this question properly, we need to dig deep and follow the paper trail.
Plastic v.s. Paper Straws: The Great Debate
So, how much do paper straws cost in comparison to the not-so-eco-friendly alternatives?
When you look at it straight-on, paper straws will cost you between 2-10 times more than plastic depending on where you’re buying your straws from…But the calculations aren’t that simple.
Hear us out:
While plastic straws are technically cheaper, they also cost your business and planet in the long-run. Let’s look at two main examples.
Your Business Resources
We’ve forgotten just how vital nature is for every aspect of life.
Being mindful about our planet’s resources isn’t just caring for future generations, but the foundation in which businesses rely on.
Think about it: where does basically everything come from? Your laptop’s raw material components, the paper you print your conference notes on, your office’s desks and chairs, food, water, energy…
The list goes on.
By choosing products that support our planet’s natural resources, you’ll also be supporting the future of your business’ resources as well.
Customers expect companies to put an eco-foot forward.
Plain and simple.
By saving a few bucks to use environmentally harmful plastic straws, you’re telling your customers that their needs and overall wellbeing come last.
Profitable business comes from putting your customers first by meeting their needs and expectations.
So, what’s the cost of paper straws?
When you look at it from all angles, choosing paper straws will not only help replenish your companies’ resources, but you’ll be gaining new customers by directly answering to their demands.
However, while this makes sense from a long-term business point of view, some start-ups may still have difficulties budgeting for paper straws right off the bat.
How to Budget For Straws
We have the answer for every type of business and budget.
The trick to making up for lack of environmental awareness, and being able to stay on budget is one of the same:
By being mindful of how many straws are being given out to customers, you’ll be able to maintain the exact same budget you have for plastic straws.
It’s simple. Don’t give out as many paper straws.
Design half of your cocktails to be served straw-free. Replace every 5 plastic straws with one paper straw, and if need be, explain to your customers your new business values.
(Chances are they’ll love it).
This will not only keep you on budget but will also cut down on your disposal costs, while, of course, keeping your customers comin’ back for more.
Because the truth is, 2019 is the year for mindfulness
…And it’s about time.
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