South australian rye straws

A truly compostable drinking straw that builds healthy soil rather than polluting the ecosystem.

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100% grown in South Australia

Mister RYE farming partners

Meet Josh, Peri and their family!

Their farm Border Park Organic, located in the Riverland, has been growing organic cereal rye for more than 20 years. They have a complete zero-waste lifestyle and they consume only what they produce. 

Compostable
never soggy
dishwasher-able

our rye straws are also:

mister rye compostable straws

✅ A BY-PRODUCT OF THE GRAIN PRODUCTION.

✅ SUITABLE TO ANY DRINKS.

✅ HOME AND COMMERCIALLY COMPOSTABLE.

✅ 100% GROWN ON ORGANIC FARMLAND.

A genuine natural product

Each Mister RYE straw is unique – with natural markings, various lengths and diameters.

These unique characteristics signify a genuinely natural product.

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Mister RYE gives back

Bushfires have destroyed 10 millions hectares of our land. This is comparable to England’s land area of 13 million hectares. We are partnering with xxx revegetation project to plant trees in the McLaren Vale and see South Australia green again.

Ho do we sort our straws: the first step in our processes. ⁠⁠
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You might think each of these 4 boxes are the same ❌ ⁠⁠
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It's quite the opposite! ⁠⁠
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We tend to sort the raw material as the first step in our process. In fact, this is super important due to all the steps we have afterwards. ⁠⁠
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The length of our straws is what we focus on first.⁠⁠
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So on the photo, you'll see there are:⁠⁠
raw *regular* stalks (including nodes) but trimmed⁠⁠
raw *cocktail+* stalks (including nodes) but not trimmed⁠⁠
raw *regular* stalks without nodes⁠⁠
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Sounds complicated? Haha it is for us too! But practice makes perfect, doesn't it?⁠⁠
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We have been gifted with these colours at sunset time. With no internet or distractions, those moments are like a stop in time 💛⁠⁠
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Did you know our straws were grown on certified organic farmland? 🌾⁠⁠
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We process our rye straws on the farm directly, using only water and heat, absolutely ZERO chemicals. That technically means they can be called organic straws. ⁠⁠
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In reality, if we wanted to advertise our products as "organic straws" we should apply for the extension of our farmers' organic certification so we could then have the organic logo on our packaging. ⁠⁠
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At this time, this is an extra investment and paperwork we cannot afford to do, mostly as our productions are extremely limited.⁠⁠
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But in the future when we will be able to scale production, this is something we are definitely planning on doing! 💫⁠⁠
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⬆️ In the top bucket: un-peeled straws, freshly dried in the hot sun of the Mallee. ⁠⁠
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⬇️ In the bottom bucket: peeled straws, ready to be cleaned and sterilised! ⁠⁠
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That step of our process also allows us to do another quality check in order to discard any straws that are cracked, too narrow or too short. ⁠⁠
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Farm's sunset are always one of my favorite! It's so peaceful out there 😇 ⁠⁠
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No noise, no air pollution, no network, no stress.⁠⁠
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We switch off, we produce rye straws, we brainstorm.⁠⁠
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And step by step, we move forward and introduce solutions to step away from plastic products 😊⁠⁠
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Justin our farmer helping us moving the 'waste' from our sorting, back into the soil for the next seeding season.⁠⁠
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Following circularity was very important to us in the Mister RYE project.⁠⁠
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We do it at two levels:⁠⁠
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1. a final product that can be composted anywhere, acting as a natural fertiliser: a garden, a home or commercial compost. Our straws will break down anywhere just like your garden waste.⁠⁠
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2. zero waste is produced throughout our production steps. That is why I always put 'waste' into brackets. Whatever we don't use for our final product goes back into the soil, and by doing so, offset carbon and help soil's regeneration.⁠⁠
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Why are our straws locally produced and not imported?⁠

10M straws are used every day in Australia (Clean Up Australia), that's 3.5B every year! ⁠

All these products are currently imported from oversea, yes all the straws you have ever used (plastic or plant-based) are produced in Asia and imported to Australia. ⁠

This was a real deal to us. Why is there NOBODY that produces straws in Australia when the resources are available?⁠

Then we got it. ⁠

Cost. Labor cost.⁠

For a product such as a straw that can be manufactured oversea for less than 1cent, why pay 20cent for it to be manufactured in Australia?⁠

Well let me share what @justadelaidethings wrote some months ago that truly resonated with what we do:⁠

“one thing that has become really obvious is that Australia relies too heavily on imported products. In times of crisis, we shouldn’t be relying on overseas face masks, gloves, sanitiser etc. - When things return to normal, what things do you think we could make in SA? Do we just concede that we can’t make it here? Or do we try to make as much as we can. Why is it near impossible to buy a blank tshirt made in Australia? Instead of paying $8 for a Kmart tshirt made in Bangladesh, would we be willing to pay $20 for one made in Australia? Levi jeans used to be made at Elizabeth. RM williams boots are made in Salisbury and is proof people do pay for a quality brand that will last 20 years. So what do we think - can we start making things in Australia, and more specifically in SA again? What will the post Covid-19 economy look like? Where will the opportunities lie? What do we need?” ⁠

Mister RYE could have been another plant-based straw business launched in a few weeks, buying bulk wheat straws on Alibaba and enjoying a good margin providing a solution to nasty single use plastic... ⁠

Yet this is not what we did. ⁠

Instead, we have been working our butts off for the past almost 2 years researching, testing and thinking outside of the box to make it work right here in SA. ⁠

It shows a few things: ⁠
👊we can have amazing and qualitative products locally⁠
👊we can benefit local economy AND employment ⁠
👊we can produce alternatives to plastic⁠
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Peeling off the outside layer of our rye straws is the second most time consuming step after sorting our rye crops. 🌾⁠⁠
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✅ It is also the second quality check we do (on a total of 4 quality checks in our process). ⁠⁠
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🖐 Each straws are peeled manually before going into cleaning. ⁠⁠
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🌿 This extra layer is 100% natural and is attached to each node on a raw rye stalk. ⁠⁠
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🍹 Each rye stalk have many nodes, which also mean we an get more than one straw per stalk.⁠⁠
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Sun-drying our rye straws the natural way: with the sun! ☀️ ⁠⁠
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Harvest always happens in summer, and with South Australia's 40ish degrees days, we don't need to use addition energy in our processes, which help us keep our footprint as low as possible.⁠⁠
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