FAQ

 

  1. How is staramaki produced? 

Staramaki is produced by a social cooperative enterprise based in Kilkis, in North Greece. Staramaki is made from the leftover stalk after wheat grains are harvested, hence it is a 100% natural product. Each plant is unique. With the use of special stainless steel scissors, the wheat stems are cut by hand. After cutting, the stems are sterilized, with the use of thermal methods.


  1. Is staramaki safe to be used by people with allergies and intolerence to gluten?

Staramaki does not contain gluten or other allergens. It derives from the stalk of the wheat plant, which does not contain gluten (opposite to the wheat flower). Moreover, staramaki does not contain genetically modified organisms and no chemicals are used in any phase of production.

  1. How does staramaki SCE ensure product safety?

Staramaki meets the demands set by the FSSC quality system, while in collaboration with a certified food and water laboratory staramaki performs chemical and microbiological tests so that it always delivers safe products.

  1. Advantages of staramaki over paper straws?

STARAMAKI WHEAT STRAW WILL NEVER GO SOGGY as it is not made of pulp but it comes from the stms of the wheat plant. Moreover, mature forests must be destroyed to harvest wood for the pulp needed to make paper, which then has to be heavily processed before becoming a final product. Staramaki, coming from an agricultural output, requires no energy and, as a plant, it seizes CO2 during the stem elongation phase, plus, it requires no chemicals during manufacturing.

  1. Advantages of staramaki over PLA straws?

247 grams of CO2 are emitted during the extrusion of 1 kilogram of bioplastic straws whereas 11 grams of CO2 are ABSORBED per wheat plant during elongation. The CO2 footprint of bioplastic straws is high due to wastes during manufacturing. In addition, in many cases, bioplastics don’t break down any faster than regular plastic. The unique point of staramaki is that earth is the machine producing it. STARAMAKI IS A 100% NATURAL PRODUCT THAT WILL NATURALLY BREAK DOWN. 

  1. Advantages of staramaki over imported wheat straws?

When assessing environmental impacts, tracing product origin is important, as impacts can vary greatly depending on production countries. There are 26 European companies trading asian wheat straws. TRANSPORT ACCOUNTS FOR APPROXIMATELY 26% OF THE CO2 FOOTPRINT of imported plant products transported by ship and/or truck. Staramaki aims to reduce the environmental footprint of EU trade by producing locally. From field to production and packaging, staramaki SCE is the ONLY wheat drinking straw manufactured in Greece.

  1. What should I do with staramaki after use?

As part of a plant, staramaki is rich in nitrogen and other nutrients. It is a natural material that will decompose completely, under natural conditions. After use it can be buried so as to return its nutrients to the soil (eg. discard the used straws in a compost pile or over a garden area to decompose)