It's just a straw after all, right? Riiiiiight.
The formation of The Maine Drinking Straw Company is an attempt to produce one commonly disposed-of product in a way that will improve our future on earth.
YOUR LAST STRAW
For most of us, the drinking straw is a disposable one-and-done. A simple tool that is both wonderful and daunting. Wonderful during use; daunting afterwards. It's the "afterwards" that inspired the creation of our Made in the USA with US Stainless Steel Drinking Straws.
Straws are great. They make life better. And yet I couldn't live with the fact that after the fleeting moments of lovely sippability, this wonderful, simple tool made its way unceremoniously to the trash.
Or the ocean. Or the beach.
This is a simple project of inspiration. It involves conscious sourcing and the trial of a unique prize structure call Bonus Karmic Fundraising. It's a project that will live or die with the interests of the crowd.
We will pursue producing the best stainless drinking straws around. These aren't just stainless tubes. We've considered the following:
- Optimum steel thickness;
- Edge rounding, polishing and de-burring,
- Best-practices for cleaning;
- A drinking guide to address any issues with drinking through a hard (vs. flexible) straw; and
- How we'll proceed to get these straws out to the world.
Future developments--which backers will have first access to--are soft drinking tips and storage packs (or as we difficultly like to say, strawage packs) to hold your straws.
Our goal is to get our straws into the world in a big way by forming wholesale relationships after the successful funding of this project. We would love to sell to environmentally conscious restaurants as well. And were not ruling out cafeterias either. Anyone have a contact at Google?
IF NOT FUNDED...
The world will have to wait for the Maine Drinking Straws. Is this an option for you? Can you live with yourself knowing that you had a chance to make a difference but you left it on table? ;-)
Life will move on. You simply won't be sucking better while it does.
For your consideration, for your backing, for your decision to use fewer disposable items when they aren't absolutely necessary.
Huge appreciation goes out to to Danielle and her inspiring blog. Thanks for letting us use your photos! Just as huge was the video production help from No Umbrella Media. If you haven't seen their projects, I highly recommend that you re-structure your day to check them out.
- (29 days)