Eco Credentials

USDA BIO-PREFERRED

USDA 100% and 99% Biobased Reed and Wheat Stem Drinking Straw Certification

HOLY CITY STRAW COMPANY'S REED STEM AND WHEAT STEM DRINKING STRAWS ARE CERTIFIED 100% AND 99% BIOBASED, RESPECTIVELY. 

The BioPreferred Program is a USDA-led initiative that aims to assist in the development and expansion of markets for biobased products. The program was created by the 2002 Farm Bill (legislation), and expanded as part of the 2014 Farm Bill. The increased development, purchase, and use of biobased products will reduce our Nation's reliance on petroleum, and increase the use of renewable agricultural materials.

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COMPOST MANUFACTURing ALLIANCE

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Our wheat and reed stem Straws have been certified and are registered with the CMA-S (substrate acceptance) program, which has certified against ASTM D6400 and ASTM D6868 for compostability in municipal and industrial composting facilities. At this time, we are one of only 14 CMA certified drinking straw manufacturers.

Compost Manufacturing Alliance "CMA" is a global leader in providing industrial composting facilities an acceptance standard for compostables by performing field disintegration testing through several prominent processing methods to ensure products sent to industrial compost facilities adequately break down within the production cycle. Instead of a singular approach to compostables, CMA connects supply chain leaders with top compost manufacturing facilities nationwide to ensure mutual success as co-creators of compost and compostables.

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GREEN BUSINESS BUREAU

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 Holy City Straw Company is currently a certified Green America member  

Green Business Bureau (GBB) is the trusted authority in green business. GBB's EcoAssessment™ and EcoPlanner™ tools enable businesses to understand, prioritize, implement and certify green initiatives and sustainable business practices. As a trusted 3rd party, GBB provide businesses with an official seal to validate and promote their green commitment and accomplishments. Members of the Green Business Bureau community get access to valuable content, eco-plans, and simple-to-use online tools to manage their sustainability program. GBB's members have shown that green business practices improve operational efficiency, reduce operational costs, enhance their brand, retain employees, attract customers and drive sales.

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GREEN AMERICA

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 Holy City Straw Company is currently a certified Green America member 

Green America is a nonprofit membership organization based in the United States that promotes environmentally aware, ethical consumerism. Green America’s Green Business Network® is the first and most diverse network of socially and environmentally responsible businesses in the country. Green America's purpose is to harness the economic power of consumers and businesses to promote social justice and environmental sustainability. Green America provides businesses with the Green America Seal of Approval. Companies that have completed Green America's screening process and have been approved to be listed in their National Green Pages directory. The Green America Approved seal is given to applicant businesses that operate in ways that support workers, communities, and protect the environment 

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oceaniC GLOBAL BLUE STANDARD

USDA 100% and 99% Biobased Reed and Wheat Stem Drinking Straw Certification

Blue’s Product Seal is a first-of-its-kind standard for the Consumer Packaged Goods Industry, which verifies both your packaging and product as plastic-free & responsibly sourced. This is an incredible way to be recognized for your sustainability achievements and to help consumers shop for products that tread lightly on our blue planet!

We are committed to protecting our blue planet and are honored to have been awarded the Product Seal through Oceanic Global's Blue Standard. This achievement verifies our drinking straws as plastic-free. We are proud to have earned this verification and to be pioneering a more sustainable future within our industry. Learn more about Oceanic Global's Blue Standard at https://bluestandard.com/

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CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

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Our Reed and Wheat Stem Straws have been independently tested by CEH and are included in their database as No/Low PFAS.

The Center for Environmental Health is an American non-profit organization organization working to protect children and families from harmful chemicals in air, food, water and in everyday products. In 2018, CEH released a groundbreaking report – “Avoiding Hidden Hazards: A Purchaser’s Guide to Safer Foodware” – that identified a wide variety of disposable foodware products containing these toxic fluorinated chemicals. As part of the report, CEH tested single-use food serviceware and created a publicly available database which identifies products with high fluorine levels (indicating the likely use of PFAS) and which ones had no or low levels of fluorine.

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