The Boba Straw, a Vancouver-based Kickstarter, is looking to help bubble tea lovers do their part to save the planet – one drink at a time.
With the upcoming plastic straw ban coming into effect next year, it’s no secret that bubble tea needs a long-term solution. The use of pearls, jelly, and other fillings make the use of straws essential.
That’s where this homegrown idea comes in handy.
Founded by William Jiang and Eden Ding, one of the Franchise owners of the popular Vancouver-chain Boba Boy, the Boba Straw is composed of two materials. The body of the straw is a food-grade stainless steel and the tip is made of high-quality silicone.
This ensures that the straw is reusable, BPA-free, and dishwasher safe, but still comes with the comfort that comes with drinking through a plastic straw.
“We tried other options like metal straws, but realized it’s uncomfortable to drink out of and leaves a metallic taste in your mouth,” explains Jiang. “We wanted to solve both problems of the discomfort of metal [straws] and the poor quality of paper [straws].”
So far, the duo has raised over $2,500 through their Kickstarter with the goal of reaching $5,000 over the next 40 days.
They’ve also already partnered up with a number of local retail shops and will be making a public launch in January of 2019.
“You’ll be able to find our straws at the new Boba Boy location, Buckets Ice Cream, Passion Tea Room, and the SFU Book Store,” says Jiang.
Their long-term goal is to become a prominent drinking utensil for any restaurant or cafe that serves bubble tea and encourage more people to live a sustainable lifestyle with reusables.
For more information, you can check out their Kickstarter.