Paper Straw Market Size, Share And Growth Report, 2032
Paper Straw Market Share, Size, Analysis Report, 2024-2032

Paper Straw Market Share, Size, Trends, Industry Analysis Report, By Material (Virgin Paper, Recycled Paper), By Product Type (Non-Printed, Printed), By Straw Length, By Diameter, By Sales Channel, By End-use, By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2024 - 2032

  • Published Date:Jan-2024
  • Pages: 119
  • Format: PDF
  • Report ID: PM4159
  • Base Year: 2023
  • Historical Data: 2019 – 2022

Report Outlook

The global paper straw market was valued at USD 2.10 billion in 2023 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 18.6% during the forecast period.

There is a heightened awareness of the environmental impact of plastic pollution, leading to increased concern among consumers and regulatory bodies. Government regulations are playing a significant role in shaping the packaging industry, with a growing emphasis on sustainable practices. The foodservice industry's expansion is also contributing to the demand for eco-friendly packaging solutions.

Paper Straw Market Size

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Consumer preferences are shifting towards sustainable packaging options, reflecting a broader trend of environmentally conscious choices. As the global commitment to sustainability gains momentum, businesses are adapting to these changes by incorporating eco-friendly alternatives. The paper straw market is poised for continued growth as these factors converge, highlighting the increasing importance of sustainable practices in packaging and the broader market landscape.

The increasing awareness of the negative environmental impact associated with single-use plastic items, including plastic straws, has prompted a shift in consumer preferences toward more sustainable alternatives. Paper straws have emerged as a popular eco-friendly choice due to their biodegradable, compostable, and renewable nature. In a survey conducted by the H.B. Fuller, in May 2021 to gauge consumer attitudes toward paper straws, it was found that 65% of consumers expressed support for the ban on single-use plastic straws. This growing sentiment is likely to drive an increased demand for alternative options like paper straws, as consumers actively seek more sustainable choices.

Paper Straw Market Share, Size, Trends

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Growth Drivers

  • Innovation in Technology

The market has experienced notable advancements in material innovation, leading to a proliferation of various types and designs of paper straws. Manufacturers are now producing paper straws that not only prioritize eco-friendliness but also offer durability, functionality, and aesthetic appeal. This concerted effort to enhance the consumer experience has been instrumental in stimulating market growth. The increased availability of diverse paper straw options addresses the varied needs and preferences of consumers. By offering straws that are not only environmentally friendly but also durable and visually appealing, manufacturers have encouraged a broader adoption of paper straws. This expansion of choices has played a key role in attracting consumers to embrace sustainable alternatives, contributing to the overall growth of the market.

Report Segmentation

The market is primarily segmented based on material, product type, straw length, diameter, sales channel, end use, and region.

By Material

By Product Type

By Straw Length

By Diameter

By Sales Channel

By End use

By Region

  • Virgin Paper
  • Recycled Paper
  • Non-printed
  • Printed



  • <5.75 inches
  • 5.75-7.75 Inches
  • 7.75-8.5 Inches
  • 8.5-10.5 Inches
  • >10.5 Inches



  • <0.15 Inches
  • 0.15 - 0.196 Inches
  • 0.196 - 0.25 Inches
  • 0.25 - 0.4 Inches
  • >0.4 Inches
  • B2B
  • B2C
  • Foodservice
  • Institutional
  • Household
  • Food Processing Industry
  • North America (U.S., Canada)
  • Europe (France, Germany, UK, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Russia)
  • Asia Pacific (Japan, China, India, Malaysia, Indonesia. South Korea)
  • Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Argentina)
  • Middle East & Africa (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Israel, South Africa)

Paper Straw Market Segments

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By Material Analysis

  • Virgin paper segment held the largest share

Virgin paper segment held the largest share. This dominance is attributed to the overall advantages that virgin paper offers in the development of paper straws, including a superior absorbency rate, excellent quality, and the ability to withstand usage for an extended period. These favorable characteristics influence manufacturers to prefer the use of virgin paper in straw production. Moreover, virgin paper is considered safer, as it is devoid of bacteria in comparison to recycled paper. A study conducted by Laval University revealed that the bacterial concentrations in tested recycled paper were 100-1,000 times higher than those found in virgin wood pulp. This safety aspect further contributes to the preference for virgin paper in the manufacturing of paper straws.

Recycled paper segment projected to grow at the fastest rate. Recycled paper is considered an environmentally friendly option as it can be recycled four to five times, making it a sustainable choice. This alternative is deemed greener because the recycling process requires less energy and water compared to the production of virgin paper, resulting in lower carbon emissions. Additionally, the use of recycled paper in paper straws contributes to reduced waste in landfills.

By Product Type Analysis

  • Non-printed segment registered the largest market share in 2023

Non-printed segment accounted for the largest share. These straws present numerous advantages, making them a preferred option for environmentally conscious consumers and industries. The lack of color pigments on paper facilitates easier recycling and guarantees that no chemicals were released during the decomposition process.  

Printed segment will grow rapidly. This growth is attributed to the wide range of options available in printed straws, including various colors, patterns, and branding elements. This diversity enables end-users to craft a distinctive and visually appealing experience for their customers. The advancement and evolution of printing technology, coupled with the rising consumer demand for aesthetic features and patterns in paper straws, are expected to be key drivers of the growth.

By End Use Analysis

  • Food processing segment held the significant market revenue share in 2023

Food processing segment held the largest share. The food processing industry manufactures a diverse array of ready-to-drink products, including juices, smoothies, iced coffees, and various other beverages. The demand for straws is common in the consumption of these products for added convenience. The growing emphasis on sustainable packaging, driven by increasing regulations and a global shift toward eco-friendly practices, is fostering the widespread adoption of paper straws within this industry.

Food service will grow at the substantial pace. The expansion of this industry has resulted in a rise in the number of establishments offering beverages, consequently generating a heightened demand for straws. Evolving consumer preferences and the influence of regulatory measures have prompted this segment to embrace sustainable packaging materials, thereby escalating the demand for paper straws.

Regional Insights

  • North America region held the largest share of the global market in 2023

The North America region dominated the market. This dominance is linked to the growing availability of paper straws and the significant impact of plastic regulations across the region. Regulatory landscape has accelerated the adoption of paper straws as a viable alternative. The thriving food and beverages industry, coupled with evolving consumer preferences favoring sustainable and plastic-free materials, contributes to the region's leadership in the market.

The Asia Pacific region projected to grow at the rapid pace. The expanding population and growing awareness regarding the adverse environmental impacts of plastic waste are anticipated to be key drivers of market growth in the region. Additionally, the implementation of government regulations aimed at banning single-use plastics in developed countries has further contributed to the growth trajectory.

Paper Straw Market Regional Insights

Key Market Players & Competitive Insights

The market is characterized by the presence of numerous players, contributing to its competitive nature. Leading global companies are strategically employing partnerships, collaborations, the introduction of new materials, and agreements as tactics to navigate the intense competition and expand their market share.

Some of the major players operating in the global market include:

  • Hoffmaster Group, Inc.
  • Huhtamaki Group
  • BioPak
  • Novolex
  • Footprint
  • Matrix pack
  • strawland
  • Jinhua Suyang Plastic Materialion Co., ltd.
  • Tetra Laval Group
  • Transcend Packaging

Recent Developments

  • In May 2022, SIG India introduced a range of recyclable and sustainable paper straws, available in multiple dimensions and shapes. These paper straws are crafted using paper sourced from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified suppliers. Aligned with India's efforts to curb plastic use and addressing the significant environmental impact associated with plastic straws, SIG has introduced this new material as an alternative.
  • In October 2022, McDonald's Japan, implemented the use of the paper straws & wooden utensils while phasing out plastic materials at around 2,900 locations throughout Japan.
  • In August 2021, Novolex acquired Vegware to strengthen its portfolio of paper materials within sustainable brands and meet the growing demand for the compostable food-service packaging.

Paper Straw Market Report Scope

Report Attributes


Market size value in 2024

USD 2.48 billion

Revenue forecast in 2032

USD 9.70 billion


18.6% from 2024 – 2032

Base year


Historical data

2019 – 2022

Forecast period

2024 – 2032

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million/billion and CAGR from 2024 to 2032

Segments covered

By Material, Product Type, By Straw Length, Diameter, Sales Channel, End Use, By Region

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East & Africa


Report customization as per your requirements with respect to countries, region, and segmentation.


The global paper straw market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 18.6% during the forecast period.

Key players in the market are Hoffmaster Group, Huhtamaki, BioPak, Novolex, Footprint, Matrix pack

North America contribute notably towards the global paper straw market

The global paper straw market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 18.6% during the forecast period.

The paper straw market report covering key segments are material, product type, straw length, diameter, sales channel, end use, and region.