Tell Plastic To Buzz Off: The Manchester Paper Bee Straw


So, the bee is out of the bag. Stephensons have partnered with GMCA to produce a sustainable paper straw in the mission to help eradicate single-use plastics in Greater Manchester by narrowing the price gap between plastics and paper.

The straw is fittingly emblazoned with the Manchester Bee, an iconic symbol of the city’s unity and hard work ethic. A donation from the sale of each box of straws will also be made to the Manchester Emergency Fund – the charity set up to help people affected by the attack at the Manchester Arena.


The bee straw will be flying into drinks from November, but only for operators who sign up to the Plastic Free GM Pledge. Any business can sign up to the pledge at the following link:

After signing, the request will be processed (likely over a few days) and we will be notified of new signees who are eligible to purchase the straw.

Stephensons will also be offering special pricing on a section of sustainable products (including wooden disc stirrers and recycled napkins) for signees of the pledge.

For pre-orders and queries please contact and we’ll do our best to assist you. Please only make contact regarding straw pre-orders once you’ve signed the pledge.