Are reusable straws cost effective for bars and restaurants?

Are reusable straws economical for the hospitality industry?

If your venue buys 100 metal straws from SuckerStraws, this would cost £85 (including VAT).

In contrast, packs of 100 paper straws will cost you £6, 100 bamboo straws will cost £36, 100 pasta straws £13 and 100 bio plastic straws £11. Prices listed are based on the cheapest packs of 100 straws found online.

So, the comparison looks like this:

Straw type

Cost for 100

SuckerStraws metal straws

£85

Paper straws

£6

Bamboo straws

£36

Pasta straws

£13

Bio plastic compostable straws

£11


Big difference, right?

Well, let's look closer...

If a bar serves 100 drinks per day, after a year of service the cost for the reusable metal SuckerStraws is still £85 as they've simply been washed and re-served.

After a year of serving 100 drinks per day, the cost for paper straws will come to £2,190, the cost for bamboo straws (assuming average 7x reuse) will be £1,877, the cost for pasta straws is £4,745 and the cost for bio plastic straws is £4,015. All of these straws have needed to be re-purchased over and over.

 

So, our table now looks like this:

Straw type

Cost for 100

Cost after 1 year, 100 drinks per day

SuckerStraws metal straws

£85

£85

Paper straws

£6

£2,190

Bamboo straws

£36

£1,877 (7x reuse)

Pasta straws

£13

£4,745

Bio plastic compostable straws

£11

£4,015

 

Even if you factor in replacing 20% of your reusable metal straws per month due to loss and/or theft - this would cost an additional £216 for 240 straws over the whole year (bought at £18 incl. VAT per 20 straws).

 

Straw type

Cost for 100

Cost after 1 year, 100 drinks per day

SuckerStraws metal straws

£85

£301
(20% replacement rate)

Paper straws

£6

£2,190

Bamboo straws

£36

£1,877 (7x reuse)

Pasta straws

£13

£4,745

Bio plastic compostable straws

£11

£4,015

 

The initial £85 outlay for 100 metal straws is a cost that isn't repeated in the following years. So with a 20% replacement rate your per year cost after the initial £85 investment is just £216, giving a cost to your business over 10 years of £2,245 for metal straws.

In contrast, over 10 years paper straws will cost your business £21,900, bamboo straws will cost £18,770, pasta straws will cost £47,450 and bio plastic straws will cost £40,150.

Straw type

Cost for 100

Cost after 1 year, 100 drinks per day.

Cost after 10 years,
100 drinks per day

SuckerStraw metal straw

£85

£301 
(20% replacement rate)

£2,245
(20% replacement rate)

Paper straw

£6

£2,190

£21,900

Bamboo straw

£36

£1,877
(7x reuse)

£18,770
(7x reuse)

Pasta straw

£13

£4,745

£47,450

Bio plastic compostable straw

£11

£4,015

£40,150

 

Reusable metal straws are initially a larger outlay of cash, however you quickly realise a return on your investment.

Not using reusable metal straws is costing your business.

Compared to reusable metal straws, paper straws will have lost your bar or restaurant £1,889 over 1 year and £19,655 over 10 years, bamboo straws will have lost you £1,576 over 1 year and £16,525 over 10 years, using pasta straws will have lost you £4,359 over 1 year and £45,205 over 10 years and bio plastic straws lose your business £3,714 over 1 year and £37,905 over 10 years.

 

Straw type

Cost for 100

Cost after 1 year, 100 drinks per day.

Loss after 1 year,
100 drinks per day

Cost after 10 years,
100 drinks per day

Loss after 10 years,
100 drinks per day

SuckerStraws metal straws

£85

£301
(20% replacement rate)

£0

£2,245
(20% replacement rate)

£0

Paper straws

£6

£2,190

-£1,889

£21,900

-£19,655

Bamboo straws

£36

£1,877 (7x reuse)

-£1,576

£18,770 (7x reuse)

-£16,525

Pasta straws

£13

£4,660

-£4,359

£47,450

-£45,205

Bio plastic straws

£11

£4,015

-£3,714

£40,150

-£37,905

 

Can your business afford this?

Reusable metal straws can bring major user and business benefits including superior user experiences, brand loyalty, and, as we've seen- cost savings. Learn more about what multiple studies show about customer expectations by clicking here.

Want to know how environmentally friendly metal straws really are? We've done a similar analysis based on serving 100 straws a day here.

 

 

 

 

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