Why we are different
You can use OMAO straws as you normally would with any traditional plastic straw, but without worrying about the disposal method as it is truly biodegradable. You can throw it away after you are done, knowing the straw will disappear in about 90 days! While most of the so-called "green" straws are made of PLA (Polylactic acid, or "corn-plastic"), OMAO straws are made of PHA (Polyhydroxyalkanoates), a naturally-occurring material derived from vegetable oil that will naturally breakdown to CO2 and H2O.
Standard 7.75” x 0.216” (197mm x 5.5mm)
Long 10” x 0.216” (254mm x 5.5mm)
Giant-Standard 7.75” x 0.276” (197mm x 7mm)
Giant-Long 10” x 0.276” (254mm x 7mm)
Cocktail 6” x 0.137” (150mm x 3.5mm)
true biodegradable straws
OMAO means "green" in Hawaiian, but being "green" doesn't mean sacrificing your iced latte
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What are our customers saying?
Love these biodegradable straws. I can’t tell a difference between OMAO straws and those traditional plastic ones. They work perfectly well.
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New York City-based OMAO was founded upon a common frustration: paper straws suck! As busy professionals hustling through Manhattan, we all rely on our morning cup of coffee to start the day. Although we care about the plastic pollution problem plaguing our planet, paper straws are simply terrible! They get soggy within minutes and often add a weird taste and texture to the drink.
So, we started to think: What if we create a straw that doesn’t crumble but still benefits the environment?
Driven by this mission, we pitched our idea in the ‘Greater Good Challenge’ hosted by Columbia University. OMAO was chosen as one of the top ten finalists!
In 2020, a diverse team of people from different races, genders, and professional backgrounds joined forces to officially launch OMAO, a socially responsible company.
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