We’re an independent Australian company founded by Manon Beauchamp-Tardieu, a passionate entrepreneur with French and New Zealand roots.
Born out of the need to solve the guilty sipping problem, Little Green Panda was inspired by Manon’s mum, Bre, their shared love of sea creatures, and their outrage at single-use plastics.
Those pesky plastic straws are harming marine life and sitting in our landfills for centuries. Our mission is to eradicate this problem.
So far, we have found the solution in bamboo and wheat — and experimenting with a few other plant-based materials as well!
We’ve designed a reusable bamboo straw that anyone can be proud to use: stylish, functional, healthy and sustainable. And we’re tackling the mass commercial use of plastic straws by offering wheat in their place.
Let’s take the first step towards a plastic-free life together and sip sustainably!
The Problem With Plastic Straws
Plastic contains harmful toxins – such as BPA – that leach into food and drink and enters the body, affecting your health. A US study reported that over 92% of the people they tested had detectable levels of plastic chemicals in their bodies (including babies)!
Plastic straws have been designed to be used for minutes, and then immediately be thrown away. And plastic takes up to thousands of years to break down. With over 7 billion people on the planet, we use A LOT of them, and the more we use, the more we pollute.
It’s no mystery that plastic has serious environmental hazards. It is not only incredibly wasteful for the planet, but also dangerous for the wildlife. Some straws drift out to sea, harming marine life and joining the other 5 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean.
*You can learn more about the hazardous impacts of plastic here
Our Plant-Based Straws
LITTLE GREEN PANDA'S ECO-FRIENDLY SOLUTION
Reusable Bamboo Straws
Because of its unique properties, we have found a great alternative to plastic in bamboo. Not only does it grow and regenerate easily, but it’s also durable, anti-microbial and compostable – making it the perfect plant for our reusable straws
We think it’s fun drinking straight from a stalk! Little Green Panda straws require very little manufacturing as they are simply bamboo stems cut to length. 100% handmade responsibly in different regions of Asia, they are also hand-polished. This is done to achieve a natural and beautiful shine, and it sets our Panda Straws apart because of their elegant look, premium quality, and smooth
Facts about bamboo
Bamboo is a grass, not a tree
Bamboo can tolerate extreme conditions: from sea level to up to 4000m!
Bamboo can grow with little to no water
Bamboo can sometimes grow close to 1m in a day and it’s in the Guinness World Records as the fastest growing plant on the planet!
Bamboo is grown organically; it requires no fertilisers or pesticides
Bamboo minimises CO2 gases and releases 35% more oxygen than trees
A byproduct of wheat production, no additional cropland is required as the farmers already grow it for the food industry. Once the plant reaches maturity and turns golden yellow, the grain goes into food production. The stalks are hand-harvested and sorted before being cut and made into hay for animal fodder and, in our case, straws.
The Wheat Straw is made from the stem of the wheat plant. Non-toxic and biodegradable, is is a safe and eco-friendly single-use alternative to plastic straws. Perfect for hot or cold drinks, wheat straws also get points for not getting soggy.
Facts about wheat