Ahlstrom-Munksjö has launched CelluStrawTM, a new fiber-based solution for paper straws, enabling the food industry to provide consumers an alternative to single-use plastic straws.

“Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s CelluStrawTM solution has been specially designed to address the emerging initiatives to phase out single-use plastic straws. 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.” commented Brian Oost, VP Product Management and Marketing Food Packaging, Specialties Business Area.

The CelluStrawTM offering consists of speciality paper grades respectively developed for the inner and outer plies of paper straws. According to Ahlstrom-Munksjö, CelluStrawTM runs particularly well on high-speed converting machines, and its high wet-strength and mechanical resistance delivers good product integrity, ensuring paper straws remain in excellent condition once converted and will withstand in liquids for a sufficient time. The company also says CelluStrawTM is made of responsibly sourced natural fibers, is renewable, biodegradable and safe for food contact. It is recommended for cold drink end-uses.

“Since our North American plants have joined forces with Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s global platform, we are better aligned to support these types of sustainability initiatives,” said Robyn Buss, VP Sales and Marketing, North America Specialty Solutions. “For the paper straw market, we operate a global technology platform with sites located in Europe and the United States, and this collaboration is just another example of the business synergy potential we plan to realize.”