Public Goods Review

Product Bamboo Straws. Short Summary of the Product For those searching for a reusable, trendy alternative to plastic straws, Public Goods’ Bamboo Straws are biodegradable and compostable, which is a win-win. They’re also completely free […]


Bamboo Straws.

Short Summary of the Product

For those searching for a reusable, trendy alternative to plastic straws, Public Goods’ Bamboo Straws are biodegradable and compostable, which is a win-win. They’re also completely free of toxins and plastic. An estimated 8.3 billion plastic straws are littered all over the world’s beaches, which can be super detrimental to marine life. But it doesn’t have to be that way. These straws come equipped with both a cleaning brush and a little carrying pouch so it can be tossed in a tote bag on-the-go. One of the coolest things about these straws is that they’re hand-cut and crafted so that no two straws are the same. The straws come in varying widths, which means they’re perfect for everything from smoothies to iced coffees to iced tea. Bamboo is also a natural antimicrobial so with regular care and cleaning after use, it’ll stay fresh, strong, and sustainable. 

First Impression (Packaging, Volume, Design etc.)

The most notable feature, after opening the package, is how easy it will be to take these straws on the go. Equipped with both a to-go pouch and a cleaning brush, taking these straws on set or out on the town will be a snap. There are six straws in a package and they’re all hand-cut, which means each straw is unique. They also have a clean packaging design. 

My Take (What I liked or didn’t like, favorite features or overall opinion)

Getting into using reusable straws means always having to remember to bring them. Public Goods solved that issue by including a chic carrying pouch and cleaning brush with the product. Since bamboo is an antimicrobial, these brushes are a perfectly sustainable option. 

Quality (How it compares to competitors? Is it worth the price?)

The straws are $5 for a pack of six, which means they cost less than a dollar per straw. That’s a great value since it means never having to deal with another soggy, soft paper straw ever again. 

Buy or Use Again?

One package of straws will last for quite a while. These bamboo straws are going to become an everyday staple since they come equipped with a cleaning brush, making them far more useful than single-use straw. Should the straws ever get lost, they’re 100% biodegradable and compostable, which is important. 

That’s Hot Rating (1-5 hearts)

These are a five heart product because saving the Earth has never looked so chic. 

Highlight 1

The straws are hand-cut, which means every straw is unique – no two are the same. Some are wider and some are more narrow so they’re great for both smoothies and iced coffee alike. 

Highlight 2

It’s not necessary to purchase a cleaning brush separately since these Bamboo Straws have one included. 

Highlight 3

The little pouch the straws come in is really convenient. It’s easy to forget to bring a reusable straw but with this little travel pouch, the straws are always on-hand. 

Highlight 4

The straws are good for the planet. They’re not going to filter into oceans and harm marine life. 

Cost Range

The Bamboo Straws are ultra-affordable at $5 per pack and that includes the pouch and the cleaning brush, too. 

Cost Compared To Competitors

Some competitors charge nearly $10 for fewer straws. 

Pro 1

These straws are strong. They’re not going to break or snap the first time using them. That’s the point, after all, with reusable straws.

Pro 2

Public Goods’ Bamboo Straws are really easy to clean. They’re pretty hassle-free. 

Pro 3

Unlike some other reusable straws, there’s no weird taste. They don’t impact the drink flavor at all. 

Pro 4

These straws aren’t heavy like some metal straws. 

Con 1

The cost $5 for six straws but an option to purchase more straws at once would be helpful. 

Con 2

The little pouch is neutral so it goes with everything but it might be fun if it was more decorative. 

Con 3

Having a back-up brush cleaner would be handy. 

Con 4

Bamboo straws shouldn’t go in the dishwasher, they have to be hand-washed. 


The packaging is plain yet chic. It has a really clean design.


Shipping is free on orders of $45 or more. 

Good For Gifting

The straws are great for Earth conscious friends or friends who drink a lot of iced coffee. 

Ideal Customer (Target Market)

The branding of Public Goods is geared towards younger people but anyone who cares about saving the planet would value these straws. 

Customer Service  

Customer Service response time at Public Goods is typically less than a day.

How Long Does The Product Last?

If properly cared for, the straws can last for years. But should they be lost or tossed out, they’re 100% biodegradable and compostable, which, again, is beneficial for the planet. 

Coupons/sales? What are the normal sales? When do they happen? How much is off?

Public Goods offers a student discount and it’s not unheard of for the company to offer sales. 

Comparison to Competitor 1

Compared to Wholesome Culture, which also sells bamboo straws, Public Goods’ straws have a smaller price tag. 

Comparison to Competitor 2

Earth Ethical’s bamboo straws come in larger sets and their cost per straw is slightly higher. 

Comparison to Competitor 3

Sister Collective’s Bamboo Straws are pricier than Public Goods and don’t have as many positive reviews.