Finnish company launches paper straw solution as bans proliferate


In Finland, Ahlstrom-Munksjö has launched specialty paper grades for the inner and outer plies of paper straws. The material, dubbed CelluStraw, is compatible with high-speed converting machines and has the necessary wet-strength and mechanical resistance to replace single-use plastic straws. The fibers are responsibly sourced, biodegradable, and approved for food contact.

“Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s CelluStraw solution has been specially designed to address the emerging initiatives to phase out single-use plastic straws,” says Brian Oost, VP Product Management and Marketing Food Packaging, Specialties Business Area. “Paper-based materials will enable key players of the food industry, such as fast-food chains, to demonstrate their high level of commitment to better protection of the environment, while continuing to offer a convenient drinking experience to consumers.”

Ahlstrom-Munksjö also operates sites in Europe and the United States.