Bars in the UK Are Starting To Use Pasta Straws to Reduce their Plastic Waste

Thu, Nov 26, 20

As we all know, ocean plastic is a huge problem. In fact, the UN predicts that if we continue to allow plastic to enter our ocean at the current rate, by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish.. can you believe that?! To remedy this issue, in October 2020 the UK government introduced a ban on single-use plastic straws (as well as plastic stirrers and cotton buds). The ban makes it illegal for all catering establishments such as bars, restaurants, cafes and pubs to display plastic straws, hand them out, or even offer them to customers. With around 4% of the world’s plastic waste being that of plastic straws, and England consuming 4.7 billion plastic straws a year, it’s clear that this change was very much needed.

Thankfully people all around the world are using plastic straw alternatives, and in the UK they’re now drinking from Stroodles - Pasta Straws! You no longer need to feel guilty when enjoying your drink through a straw, because it’s completely ok to use straws again, as long as they are Stroodles! If you’re like us and think that soggy paper straws are a complete abomination, it’s time to get stroodling! Made from only two natural ingredients - wheat and water, our simple pasta straw formula is 100% biodegradable, edible, lasts for over an hour in your drink, has no flavour and is zero-waste. However, at Stroodles we are not just another straw company, ‍we are a movement. ‍ Stroodles is here to help fight plastic waste and straws are just our first channel of choice. ‍ We want to inspire the world and show how easy it is to do good – with just one Stroodle at a time. It’s time to start making small, effortless changes and start Stroodlin’ with us!

Businesses all around the world are definitely beginning to feel the pressure from their consumers and investors to be more sustainable, and carry out business operations in a way that is as eco-friendly as possible. More and more businesses are opting for sustainable alternatives to single use plastic items such as straws, and more and more bars, restaurants and cafes across the UK are opting for our Stroodles Pasta Straws, and we don’t blame them! ;) Here are a few examples of our stroodling customers, who have removed plastic straws from their business as a pledge to a more sustainable future! Yes to sustainability!

Laki Kane

Image of two cocktails at Laki Kane in Islington

Laki Kane have been stroodling since 2018, and were actually our first ever trade customer! So, a big shout out to Georgi, Sam and Timmy, who believed in Stroodles and the bigger picture from Day 1. They are all now great friends and are still our biggest Stroodles Ambassadors!

In the heart of Islington, on Upper Street, you’ll discover your own tropical escape at Laki Kane! Putting a modern spin on the tiki bar experience, you’ll experience a carnival of the senses packed with the Aloha spirit of eternal happiness. A place to share dinner with friends, taste unforgettable cocktails (served with pasta straws of course ;)), experience the entertainment, music and DJs all delivered to you with a five-star service and a smile!

Transporting you to a tropical world where the sun is always shining and the good times never end, their menu represents the true taste of paradise. Their spectacular cocktails are made using unique exotic ingredients, natural, unrefined sugars and the world’s finest selection of rum; perfectly complementing our fresh and flavourful food, inspired by the cuisine of the tropics!

Find them here:
Laki Kane, 144-145 Upper St, Islington, London N1 1QY

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If you do visit, make sure to try a Prickly Dragon! A delicious, very tropical and punchy cocktail, with prickly pear and dragon fruit! Served with a Stroodle Pasta straw of course!

Lost Boys Pizza

Image of cocktails with a stroodle pasta straw

Lost Boys Pizza have been stroodlin’ with us since mid 2019!

Who knew a vampire pizzeria was just what the lovely folks of Camden were after?! But here we are… a quirky little spot where the ceiling is lined with black and white 80’s movie prints, the lampshades are made out of cocktail umbrellas, and spooky touches run throughout! The pizzas are black thanks to the use of charcoal in the dough, the staff are some of the friendliest around and the cocktails are another level! If you want to stay for another drink, we’d recommend popping down to their absinthe bar, Croque Monsieur, hidden away downstairs!

Find them here: Lost Boys Pizza, 245 Eversholt St, London NW1 1BA

Check them out on Instagram here!

If you do visit, you must try their ‘They’re Only Noodles Michael’ cocktail! Kraken Spiced rum, plum, lime, pineapple & vegan gummy worms, served with Stroodles Pasta Straws - what more could you want ?!

Hello Stroodlers! Feel silly still using single plastic to drink your aperol spritz? Then why not add a Stroodle (or two) to your drink?


An image of a Hugo Spritz with a stroodle pasta straw at Veeno Wine Bar
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Veeno have been stroodlin’ with us since the beginning of 2020!

If you haven’t been to a Veeno before then we definitely recommend you do! Veeno is a gateway to the Italian lifestyle! Taste meets style and attention to detail is driven by passion. Veeno is the essence of the Italian “Aperitivo”, the ritual of drinking, nibbling and relaxing while sharing moments of happiness with friends and family. Since 2013, the Veeno team has been working hard to ensure that quality and tradition flows from the vineyard to the glass, accompanied with authentic Italian food such as meat and cheese platters, pizza, pasta, panini, bruschette and desserts - all too delicious for words!

Find your nearest Veeno here:

Check them out on Instagram here!

If you visit a Veeno (you should!) we definitely recommend trying their Hugo Spritz - a perfect, refreshing drink for a warm, sunny day!


Mojitos with stroodles pasta straws in them at Tropix Bar

Tropix have been stroodlin’ since mid 2019!

Tropix is another tropical escape, but in the heart of Clapham High Street. Tropix brings together a world-wide range of flavours through cocktails and exotic food. Their cocktails are made using unique exotic ingredients, fresh fruits and juices, unrefined sugars and the world’s finest collection of liquors and rums. AND if you're in the mood for dancing, make the most of the Tropix nightclub experience! Filled with amazing shows, giant sharing cocktails, dancers, birthday packages and the best urban and reggaeton DJs!

Find them here: Tropix, 10 Clapham High St, Larkhall, London SW4 7UT

Check them out on Instagram here!

Definitely try their delicious mojito, served with Stroodle Pasta Straws!

Feeling like you could go for a Gin & Tonic while reading our blog? Why don’t you get the tonic water and we’ll bring the Stroodle ;)

Accor Ibis London Shepherd’s Bush

An image of Stroodles in a bar caddy at the Ibis Shepherd's Bush bar

Ibis Shepherd’s Bush has been stroodlin’ with us since mid 2019!

Accor Hotels UK & Ireland have also pledged to discontinue the use of plastic straws in its restaurants, cafes and bars. We are so happy to have partnered with Ibis London Shepherd’s Bush, who now offer stroodles to their customers! The bar at the Ibis London Shepherd’s Bush is a great place to unwind with a coffee, sip a chilled sauvignon or bond over a beer or two!

Find them here: 3-5 Rockley Rd, Hammersmith, London W14 0DJ

Check them out on Instagram here!

London Marriott Hotel County Hall

Image of a bar with stroodles

Marriott County Hall have been stroodlin’ with us since mid 2019!

Aligned with the UK’s plastic straw ban, plastic straws have been removed from all bars and restaurants at Marriott hotels. This move has resulted in London Marriott Hotel County Hall joining our Stroodles Movement, and offering their customers our famous pasta straws! Gillray's Steakhouse & Bar, their restaurant on the River Thames, serves seared-to-perfection steaks sourced locally from O'Shea's Butchers, and is the perfect place to kick back and relax with a handcrafted cocktail served with a Stroodle Pasta Straw!

Find them here: County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, Bishop's, London SE1 7PB

Check them out on Instagram here!

If you are a bar and interested in reducing your plastic waste, one stroodle at a time, why not get in touch, we would love to hear from you! It’s time to add the Stroodle factor to your bar, with straws that are 100% biodegradable, flavourless, last over 1 hour and edible! Make your customers happy by saying goodbye to paper mush. Our Stroodles Pasta Straws are unique and innovative, so why not lead the change with Stroodles?




Kiki Barrow

Kiki Barrow

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