Frequently Asked Questions
Retail Shipping: $5-$8 nationwide
Wholesale Shipping: up to 2kg (eg 1-2 x boxes of straws) $8.50 nationwide,
Over 2 kg (3 or more boxes, and cases) $10 nationwide,
Canterbury shipping (up to 25 kg) $8.50.
Please note that our courier pickup is 10am so any orders after this will be sent the following day.
We accept payment by credit card, PayPal or bank deposit. Cheque payments incur a 10% charge.
Yes, we can send an invoice for orders of one case or more. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your order and we will send you an account set up form to fill in. Web orders are faster for us to process so you will get your straws quicker by ordering online
The case price refers to 8 boxes of the same straws. Case price does not apply to 8 boxes of different straws.
Yes, we do. If you'd like to read it, please drop us a line using the contact form.
No, they don't! We package all our products in cardboard or thick paper tubing and use paper tape
You sure can! Just pop the colours you want in the notes on the checkout page and we will pack what you request.
We make the bags right here in NZ and we pay the living wage.
Our bags are made from 100% polyester. This material is lightweight, durable, quick to dry, stains less than cotton, comes in great colours and is affordable. It means we can also make the bags in NZ - we are providing 15 NZ jobs in the manufacture of NZ-made produce bags.
Yes, please see our Eco Friendly Fundraising page for details on how it works and the break down of costs.
In order to keep the bags affordable, we don't use recycled material. If in the future we can source affordable recycled material then we will switch to it.
Russell: Bay Four Square Auckland: Presentz, Grey Lynn; Remuera New World Bay of Plenty: The Fresh Market, Te Puke; Capers Café, Rotorua Wellington: Karori New World Nelson/Blenheim: Blenheim New World; Nelson City New World; Nelson Environment Centre. Canterbury: Lincoln New World; Growers Direct Market Church Corner; Redcliffs New World; Rolleston New World; Raeward Fresh Harewood; Kaiapoi New World; Temuka New World, Timaru New World, Cheviot Four Square; Akaroa Village Inn; Supervalue Lyttelton; Harbour Co-op Lyttelton; On the Spot Diamond Harbour; Store 17, Sumner. Otago/Southland: Cromwell New World; Gardens Dunedin New World ; Mosgiel New World; Northside Oamaru New World; Wanaka New World; Wakatipu New World; MacKenzie Four Square Twizel; Centre City New World, Dunedin; Elles Road New World, Invercargill. West Coast: Hokitika New World; Westport New World; Reefton Four Square.
Standard: 19.68 cm long; 5.8 mm diameter
Smoothie: 19.68 cm long; 7.4mm diameter
Cocktail: 15 cm long, 5.8 mm diameter
Tall: 26.5 cm long, 5.8 mm diameter
Yes of course! Just send us your address via the contact page or email@example.com and we will send you a range of straws. Let us know if there are any in particular you are interested in seeing.
Our straws are flexible and so can be used while lying down. We supply them to hospitals and rest-homes around NZ. Get in touch through the contact page to discuss your requirements or to request some samples.
Yes, you can see the full report here. In summary, our straws are FDA and EU approved Foodsafe, GMO free, toxicity safe, produced from sustainably managed forests and meet home composting requirements.
Biodegradable plant-based plastics come from a renewable carbon source and have a carbon footprint that is 75% lower than oil based plastics but we don't sell biodegradable plastic straws (or include them in Plastic Straws are for Suckers) for the following reasons:
1) They are still plastic. Plastic is durable and long lasting and this means that if it gets into the natural environment it won't break down quickly. PLA straws that end up in the sea are still a hazard to marine life. Our paper straws fall apart in seawater in three days, and even if they're eaten by animals, they are made from digestible paper.
2) Biodegradable plastics need to be commercially composted at a specific temperature, pH and humidity. Facilities for this are currently not widespread. In comparison, our paper straws are home compostable and our stainless steel straws are reusable.
3) Because PLA straws are still plastic, they don't open up a conversation about the problems with plastic. These straws look and feel like oil-based plastic. When an eatery switches to paper or stainless steel straws, customers are instantly aware that the eatery is making a change to a more sustainable straw.
The Rubbish Whisperer donates 1% of annual sales (not profit) to local community and environmental projects/charities. This donation is to acknowledge and offset the impact of the business.
This is how the donations are allocated:
70% to the environment
• 50% chosen by The Rubbish Whisperer founder Helen
• 50% voted on by staff
30% to the community
• St John Supporter Membership for all employees and their families
• Remainder as voted by staff
The 1% will be distributed over the following financial year.
Squawk Squad – We have funded a trap in the Thames Coast Kiwi Care project
Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust - possum traps.
Maia Health - Helipad for Christchurch Hospital
Contact us to see the environmental policy
At this point in time we have deliberately chosen not to be certified with the following organisations: Sustainable Business Network, Accredited Living Wage Employers, Made In New Zealand and B-Corp.
We believe that all businesses should be sustainable and pay the living wage.
While we acknowledge the importance of these certifications in moving New Zealand to a point where this is 'business as usual' we have decided that currently we will let the actions of The Rubbish Whisperer speak for themselves.