theotherstraw – Turn the tide on plastic pollution

It is estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Help us change this by eliminating single-use plastics.

Successfully funded on Jul 17, 2019

Now: $12,688
Goal: $20,000

Tipping Point: $10,000

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$12,688

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Melbourne, Australia

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theotherstraw – Turn the tide on plastic pollution

theotherstraw is a social enterprise addressing one of the world’s biggest challenges - plastic pollution. We’re replacing single-use plastic straws with reusable, ethical, sustainable bamboo straws.

The sad news is that it is estimated by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. The good news? We can do more to prevent this from happening.

Since launching theotherstraw in 2018, we’ve kept millions of single-use plastic straws out of our landfills and our oceans. But, we want our impact to go beyond straws.That is why we’re aiming to develop our new product range - ‘theotheressentials’. This new range of sustainable products will reduce single-use plastics entering our natural environments and oceans by equipping businesses and individuals with sustainable, reusable alternatives.

But we can’t do it alone. We need your help to reach our goal of $10,000 in order to launch our new range - imagine what we could achieve, together.


We're Jamie and Len, the founders and couple behind theotherstraw. Single-use plastic seriously sucks. It really frightens us to think of the beautiful world in which we live today would simply not be available for our children or grand-children. This is a sad reality if we continue to consume single-use plastics at our current rate.

theotherstraw was born from our devotion to the ocean and eagerness to address plastic pollution. With 8 million tons of plastic being dumped into our oceans every year, our marine life is swallowing more plastic than ever before. We’re here to uphold the beautiful, clean Australia. Together, we can turn the tide on plastic pollution and protect our beautiful oceans and natural environments.


  • Since launching in October 2018, we’ve put 28,000 reusable bamboo straws in peoples' beverages! This means that we’ve prevented millions of single-use plastic straws entering landfills and our oceans.
  • 3080 conversations about plastic waste and pollution sparked by theotherstraw with businesses and individuals around Australia.
  • 11,500 individuals and businesses educated on the impacts of single-use plastic straws and their plastic footprint.
  • 45 local ocean cleanups supported.
  • A portion of our profits support ocean cleanups and protection projects in Australia.

We have also been supporting economic opportunities and sustainable job creation to Hmong people and minority groups in Northern Vietnam. This helps improve the livelihoods and well-being for themselves, their families and their communities


By supporting theotherstraw, you’re helping reduce plastic pollution as well as empowering Vietnamese communities. We work alongside local ethnic minority groups in Northern Vietnam to design, grow and harvest our bamboo straws. We work to improve the livelihoods and well-being for themselves through support and sustainable job creation.



Yes, that's right - we need you! We want to make our dreams into a reality, but simply we can't do it without your help.


We have chosen Sendle as our delivery partner within Australia due to their 100% carbon neutral service. No plastic satchels here, all your goods will arrive in environmentally friendly packaging with all recycled and post-consumer materials!


Our sole ambition is embedded in the values and vision of our enterprise; which is working towards a world free from plastic.

THE BAD NEWS - By 2030, the rate of plastic pollution is expected to double - the biggest impact expected to hit our oceans.

THE GOOD NEWS - We have the power to change this, TOGETHER. By our 2030, we'll see an Australia free from single-use plastic. Free from plastic straws, bags, cutlery and all those nasty plastics polluting our landfills, waterways, natural environments and oceans. It all starts here. Are you in?


Not your everyday rewards. Our rewards have been exclusively created to support a better world. Show your appreciation to Mother Earth and by supporting theotherstraw - she'll be forever grateful.


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Use of funds

$10,000 Tipping point goal

Our tipping point goal (how much we need to make incredible things happen): $10,000.

Currently, all of our reusable bamboo straws are ethically produced in Northern Vietnam. We’ll be working with our existing network of producers and partners to co-create our new range - ‘theotheressentials’. These are the strategic steps we plan to take:

  1. Finalise research and development phase of our new range - ‘theotheressentials’
  2. Reach our MOQs (Minimum Order Quantities) so we can bring our products to life!
  3. A visit to our bamboo farms in Northern Vietnam to design and co-create our new products including reusable bamboo cutlery, sustainable cotton packs, coconut bowls with our producers
  4. Launch the new product range 'The Other Essentials' in September 2019

With your support, this range will not only help divert millions of more single-use plastic items from our landfills, waterways and oceans but it will also provide further economic opportunities and sustainable job creation to Hmong minority groups in Northern Vietnam to improve the livelihoods and well-being for themselves, their families and communities.


$20,000 Stretch goal

Stretch goal (our dream goal to change the world): $20,000.

With an additional $10,000 to reach our stretch goal of $20,000, we’ll be able to achieve the following:

  1. Upgrade and purchase new resources for our local communities in Vietnam - upgrade sanding machines, work stations, books, educational materials and other related supplies.
  2. Apply to become a B-Corp (Yay!) - means we are a certified purpose-driven business.

With your support, this will help us be at the forefront of the sustainable revolution in Australia (and maybe even around the world). We'll be able to increase our capacity to support additional partner projects that are working towards keeping our oceans clean and free from plastic and give greater support to our close friends and producers in Vietnam.

$10 or more

You're straw-some

We think you're legend. Private message coming your way!

17 backers

$15 or more

You're REALLY straw-some. So, you're getting some straws!

We think you're a massive legend. Private message coming your way AND you're getting a 2pack reusable bamboo straw kit (comes with straw cleaner and pouch) by theotherstraw to sip sustainably.
*AU/Worldwide shipping included - sent fully plastic-free and carbon neutral.

71 of 97 backers

$20 or more

Some lovin'

Receive a ‘Thank You’ shoutout on theotherstraw's Instagram and a personal letter by email from Len and Jamie

14 of 163 backers

$25 or more

Straws, straws and more straws.

You're getting a 10pack reusable bamboo straw kit (comes with straw cleaner and pouch) by theotherstraw to sip sustainably. Straws for everybody - you'll have enough straws for your neighbours, friends, co-workers and anyone else significant in your life.
*AU/Worldwide shipping included - sent fully plastic-free and carbon neutral.

70 of 70 backers

$40 or more

Smoothie eBook + theotherstraw 5pack

Get access to an exclusive Smoothie eBook curated by theotherstraw with 8 life-changing smoothie recipes and health tips.
• 5pack reusable bamboo straw kit by theotherstraw to sip sustainably.
*AU/Worldwide shipping included - sent fully plastic-free and carbon neutral.

20 of 141 backers

$70 or more

Virtual Sustainable Coffee Date + theotherstraw 10pack

• An invite to a 60 minute ‘virtual’ coffee date with Len and Jamie to talk all on sustainability and lifestyle hacks to change your single-use habits and live a more conscious lifestyle.
•10pack reusable bamboo straw kit by theotherstraw to sip sustainably.
*AU/Worldwide shipping included - sent fully plastic-free and carbon neutral.

1 of 24 backers

$80 or more

Limited Edition Organic Tote + Latest issue of Pip Magazine (featuring theotherstraw) + theotherstraw 10pack

•100% certified organic cotton tote from our friends at Humanisim (each bag is personally signed and stamped by the creator of the bag).
•10pack reusable bamboo straw kit by theotherstraw to sip sustainably.
•The latest issue of Pip Magazine focused on zero waste living. The best part? theotherstraw is featured in this issue. So you'll receive an exclusive copy signed by Jamie & Len.
*AU/Worldwide shipping included - sent fully plastic-free and carbon neutral.

6 of 89 backers

$120 or more

The Eco Explorer

Everything you need to go explore and roam plastic-free.
Includes:
• 100% certified organic cotton tote from our friends at Humanisim
• 10pack reusable bamboo straws by theotherstraw
• Reusable bamboo cutlery pack (including 1 fork, 1 knife and 1 spoon in a sustainable cotton pouch) from our new range ‘theotheressentials’
• Access to the Sustainable Adventurer eBook curated by theotherstraw with tips, tricks and advice to roam plastic-free.
• An invite to a 60 minute ‘virtual’ coffee date with Len and Jamie to talk all on sustainability and lifestyle hacks to change your single-use habits and live a more conscious lifestyle.
*AU/Worldwide shipping included - sent fully plastic-free and carbon neutral.

6 of 86 backers

$175 or more

The Sustainable Household

Reusable, plastic-free kitchen essentials:
• 4 x natural Coconut Bowls from our new range ‘theotheressentials’
• 4 x reusable, organic bamboo cutlery packs (total includes 4 x forks, 4 x spoons, 4 x knives and 4 x sustainable cotton pouches from our new range ‘theotheressentials’
• 10 x reusable bamboo straws by theotherstraw
• 2 x coconut fibre straw cleaning brushes by theotherstraw
• 100% certified organic cotton tote from our friends at Humanisim
• An invite to a 60 minute ‘virtual’ coffee date with Len and Jamie to talk all on sustainability and lifestyle hacks to change your single-use habits and live a more conscious lifestyle.
*AU/Worldwide shipping included - sent fully plastic-free and carbon neutral.

7 of 49 backers

$300 or more

The Sustainable Warrior Pack + Recognition

All the essentials for the sustainable warrior to live happily eco after:
• 6 x natural Coconut Bowls from our new range ‘theotheressentials’
• 6 x reusable, organic bamboo cutlery packs (total includes 6 x forks, 6 x spoons, 6 x knives and 6 x sustainable cotton pouches from our new range ‘theotheressentials’
• 20 x reusable bamboo straws by theotherstraw
• 4 x coconut fibre straw cleaning brushes by theotherstraw
•The latest issue of Pip Magazine focused on zero waste living. The best part? theotherstraw is featured in this issue. So you'll receive an exclusive copy signed by Jamie & Len.
• 2 x 100% certified organic cotton tote from our friends at Humanisim to shop plastic-free
• An invite to a 60 minute ‘virtual’ coffee date with Len and Jamie to talk all on sustainability and lifestyle hacks to change your single-use habits and live a more conscious lifestyle.
• A post on theotherstraw’s Instagram + a story on IG to show our love for your support for your being so awesome.
• Access to the Sustainable Adventurer eBook curated by theotherstraw with tips, tricks and advice to roam plastic-free.
• Access to an exclusive Smoothie eBook curated by theotherstraw with 8 life-changing smoothie recipes and health tips.
*AU/Worldwide shipping included - sent fully plastic-free and carbon neutral.

3 of 38 backers

$800 or more

Customised Bamboo Straws by theotherstraw

Looking to add to add a sustainable, eco-friendly touch to your next event? Receive 500 customised reusable bamboo straws by theotherstraw for your business, wedding or event.
• A customised 60 minute presentation at your workplace by Len and Jamie to talk all on sustainability and how to make your business/workplace more conscious and environmentally friendly. *Melbourne area only. Outside Melbourne area will be a virtual presentation via zoom.
*AU/Worldwide shipping included - sent fully plastic-free and carbon neutral.

0 of 28 backers

$1000 or more

Customised Bamboo Cutlery

Looking to add to add a sustainable, eco-friendly touch to your next event? Receive 300 customised reusable bamboo cutlery pieces from our new range ‘theotheressentials’ for your business, wedding or event. Includes 100 x forks, 100 x knives, 100 x spoons.
• A customised 60 minute presentation at your workplace by Len and Jamie to talk all on sustainability and how to make your business/workplace more conscious and environmentally friendly. *Melbourne area only. Outside Melbourne area will be a virtual presentation via zoom.
*AU/Worldwide shipping included - sent fully plastic-free and carbon neutral.

0 of 27 backers

$2000 or more

Customised Bamboo Straws + Cutlery

Looking to add to add a sustainable, eco-friendly touch to your next event?
• Receive 1000 customised reusable bamboo straws by theotherstraw for your business, wedding or event.
• Receive 300 customised reusable bamboo cutlery pieces from our new range ‘theotheressentials’ for your business, wedding or event. Includes 100 x forks, 100 x knives, 100 x spoons.
• A customised 60 minute presentation at your workplace by Len and Jamie to talk all on sustainability and how to make your business/workplace more conscious and environmentally friendly. *Melbourne area only. Outside Melbourne area will be a virtual presentation via zoom.
*AU/Worldwide shipping included - sent fully plastic-free and carbon neutral.

0 of 25 backers

$8000 or more

Our Forever Legend

You'll be forever known to our hearts. Receive a whopping 10,000 customised reusable bamboo straws. Get your name, business details or logo engraved. Great for a big event, wedding, campaign or simply to share with your loved ones.
*AU/Worldwide shipping included - sent fully plastic-free and carbon neutral.

0 of 7 backers

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