Certifications

BPI Compostable Certification Logo

BIODEGRADABLE PRODUCTS INSTITUTE CERTIFIED

The BPI Certification indicates third-party verification of compostability. BPI third-party certification distinguishes the manufacturers and brands that make products in compliance with scientific standards from those that do not. The third-party certification process ensures that correct components are used and that the correct tests have been conducted to ensure safety for the environment. BPI is the only third-party verification of ASTM standards for compostable products in North America. See our complete list of BPI-certified products here.

Reef & Ocean Friendly

BIODEGRADABLE AND MARINE DEGRADABLE

Sample product was submitted to an independent source for substrate review. The evaluation was successful in verifying the product meets the untreated paper substrate requirement for its acceptance in commercial composting processes. Aardvark uses natural cellulose paper as the primary material of the paper drinking straws. Paper, being a natural fiber, is universally considered to be inherently biodegradable and is supported as such by organizations such as the San Francisco Food Service Ware Ordinance. Aardvark straws being made of paper naturally degrade in oceans, rivers and lakes and are safe for marine life. All plastic straws, including biodegradable and compostable plastic straws, pose a serious threat to the marine environment as their fragments do not degrade and remain in the ocean, able to be ingested by marine organisms. Aardvark’s durable straws reduce plastic pollution by breaking down quickly in most environments.

Compost Manufacturing Alliance CMA-I

COMPOSTABLE

Sample product was submitted to an independent source for substrate review. The evaluation was successful in verifying the product meets the untreated paper substrate requirement for its acceptance in commercial composting processes and is verified to be fluorine free.

Sustainable Forestry InitiativeForest Stewardship Counsel
Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Logo

SUSTAINABLY SOURCED

Aardvark Straws is committed to responsible fiber sourcing through certification to multiple forestry programs. Sustainable Forestry Initiative®(SFI) Certified Sourcing includes a robust due diligence system to ensure that a majority (at least 2/3) of fiber-based material is obtained as certified content from sources meeting SFI® certification criteria, with the remaining inputs verified as non-controversial. Aardvark also maintains tri-certification to Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®), Programme for the Endorsement of Forest CertificationTM (PEFC), and SFI chain of custody standards. Chain of custody is a material accounting system that provides traceability of certified content from purchasing through the manufacturing process to the finished product in order to demonstrate responsible sourcing.

FSC-C139145

Food Grade

FOOD SAFE & FDA/EU COMPLIANT

Our straws have been tested and approved to be in compliance with FDA test method 21 CFR 176.170. Testing was also conducted to obtain evidence of compliance with Council of Europe Resolution AP(2002)1 relating to paper materials and articles intended to come into contact with food. Our samples comply with The General Requirement (Article 3) in EU Regulation No. 1935/2004 as referenced in Report Number EFSH13080415-ST. Inks used for printing on the surface of our drinking straws have been tested, certified and are guaranteed acceptable for direct contact with food products, in accordance with the applicable chapters and sections of Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations (21 CFR). In addition, a safety assessment has been conducted, and based on the toxicity testing results; the conclusion provides added evidence that all chemical components used are proven to be safe as tested by the Health, Environmental, & Regulatory Services of Intertek USA, Inc. Additionally, all raw material and process components used are free of any fluorochemicals/fluorinated compounds.

Made in the USA

100% MADE IN THE USA

100% of all raw materials, process components and materials that go into the making of paper straws are made in the United States. The labor to make, package and ship the paper straws is comprised of a 100% United States workforce. Aardvark Paper Drinking Straws are fully compliant with FTC and California standards for “Made in the USA."

Gluten Free

GLUTEN FREE

Aardvark Paper Straws are manufactured with raw materials – paper, adhesives and in some cases, waxes and/or inks – that do not contain gluten as an intentionally added component. Aardvark cannot certify that its products will never come into contact with gluten as they travel through the food service supply chain after shipment.