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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 £75 (excluding 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

£75

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 £75 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

£75

£75

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 £180 for 240 straws over the whole year.

 

Straw type

Cost for 100

Cost after 1 year, 100 drinks per day

SuckerStraws metal straws

£75

£255
(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 £75 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 £75 investment is just £180, giving a cost to your business over 10 years of £1,875 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

£75

£255
(20% replacement rate)

£1,875
(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 £1,935 over 1 year and £20,025 over 10 years, bamboo straws will have lost you £1,622 over 1 year and £16,895 over 10 years, using pasta straws will have lost you £4,490 over 1 year and £45,575 over 10 years and bio plastic straws lose your business £3,760 over 1 year and £38,275 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

£75

£255
(20% replacement rate)

£0

£1,875
(20% replacement rate)

£0

Paper straws

£6

£2,190

-£1,935

£21,900

-£20,025

Bamboo straws

£36

£1,877 (7x reuse)

-£1,622

£18,770

-£16,895

Pasta straws

£13

£4,745

-£4,490

£47,450

-£45,575

Bio plastic straws

£11

£4,015

-£3,760

£40,150

-£38,275

 

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.

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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