Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

SWZLE, part of the reusable straw revolution
GIFT GUIDE EXTRA
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2018-12-05

This article shared 2711 times since Wed Dec 5, 2018
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Reusable straws have become a central focus in helping to preserve the environment—so much so that banning plastic straws was an issue on the Chicago ballots during the recent midterm elections.

To that end, former Chicago Bear Ryan Mundy and business partner Philip Causgrove have founded SWZLE, a company specializing in mostly stainless steel straws that are BPA ( bisphenol A )-free and dishwasher-safe. Moreover, the straws come in three different shapes ( bent, cocktail and straight ) and seven unique colors ( silver, gold, rose gold, black, blue, purple, rainbow metallic ).

Windy City Times: How did you two become business partners?

Ryan Mundy: A mutual friend connected us well over a year ago now. We're both members of Soho House and that friend is also a member. Phil and I then started emailing each other and having coffee—and that's the genesis of how we met.

WCT: Five years ago, people didn't really think about reusable straws. Do you have any stats to show how much of an impact plastic straws have had on us and the environment?

Philip Causgrove: One that gets thrown around quite a bit is that 500 million plastic straws are used in the U.S. daily. And you may think, "There aren't even 500 million people in the U.S.," but there are those straws that come with refills. And every time a bartender makes a cocktail, they may use a straw to taste and then throw it away. That's an incredible number; it averages out to about 550 straws per person per year.

Since plastic has been ingrained in our daily lives, in the '50s, only 9 percent of it has disappeared in some way, shape or form. So basically all of the plastic that has ever been created is still in existence—and there's no great way to break it down.

WCT: Wow. Tell me about how people can customize their SWZLE orders.

PC: Yeah; there are three shapes and several different colors, and we definitely have some more shapes and diameters coming down the pipeline. They're BPA-safe, dishwasher-safe and even come with their own carrying cases.

WCT: There are all sorts of reusable straws out there—including a rose-quartz crystal straw on the website goop that retails for $68. [SWZLE's items are $9.99-$19.99, incidentally.] What distinguishes your straws from the others out there?

PC: I think the customization sets us apart. But also, you can grab a nice coffee on your way to work, for example, and clean it out. [The straws come with cleaners.] We also wanted to make our straws a little eye-catching.

WCT: There's still a Kickstarter campaign?

RM: We completed our Kickstarter in mid-September. It ran for three weeks and we more than exceeded our goal. I think we reached 180 percent of our goal. It was about the eco-friendliness of the straws, and making a difference on an individual level. Kickstarter was a great springboard for our product.

WCT: So SWZLE straws are ready to ship?

PC: Items will be ready to ship in mid-December, but we are taking pre-orders right now. The Kickstarter campaign was great for awareness and brand recognition. Looking forward to spring, I think we're considering a wholesale strategy for select retailers.

WCT: By the way, who came up with the name?

PC: Oh, I did. I was playing around with swizzle stick and stirring. By the way, something a lot of people don't know is that we also have biodegradable paper straws. We look forward to working with the hospitality industry, restaurants and bartenders. We even talked with the Bears about the possibility of Soldier Field switching to them.

RM: Yeah—we're really excited to work with the restaurant and hospitality industries because, as Phil said, a lot of plastic straws are in those places. Places like Starbucks, United and Hyatt, for example, have said they're looking to ban plastic straws.

WCT: My final question: What are your predictions for the Bears' final regular-season record?

RM: [Laughs] I know they have some divisional games coming up, but those teams aren't doing too well. I'm going to say they'll finish 10-6.

PC: In the interest of full transparency, I'm not a Bears fan. But I don't want to offend anyone, so I'm going to say 11-5.

See www.SWZLE.com . Also, follow the company @SWZLE ( Instagram ) and @SWZLEStraws ( Twitter ) as well as on Facebook.


This article shared 2711 times since Wed Dec 5, 2018
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

GLAAD responds to renaming of Monkeypox
2022-11-30
-- From a press release - (New York, NY) - GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, is responding to the World Health Organization (WHO) announcement recommending a new ...


Gay News

WHO renames monkeypox
2022-11-29
On Nov. 28, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that monkeypox has been renamed "mpox." According to a press release from the organization, "both names will be used simultaneously for one year while 'monkeypox' is phased out. " ...


Gay News

Chicago's COVID level returns to 'medium'; boosters/shots encouraged
2022-11-26
According to the latest information on the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) website, the city's COVID-19 risk level is now at medium level. In a news release, the Chicago Department of Public Health explained Cook ...


Gay News

Transgender Day of Resilience: Town Hall panelists tackle allyship, discrimination and immigration
2022-11-23
Brave Space Alliance (BSA), Life Is Work (LIW) and Chicago Therapy Collective (CTC) hosted three free events across the city that they named—TDOR Weekend: A New Era, Together— to celebrate ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ Grammy nominees, Gabrielle Union, Trevor Noah, Brendan Fraser
2022-11-20
Out Magazine compiled a list of some of the 2023 LGBTQA+ Grammy nominees. Among those on the list were Brandi Carlile (who earned another seven Grammy nominations this year, raising her career total to 25), Lady ...


Gay News

Center on Halsted hosts health resource event for LGBTQ+ seniors
2022-11-11
Center on Halsted hosted How to Plan for your Changing Health Needs, a Senior Citizen Resource Fair with a particular focus for members of the LGBTQ community on Nov. 8. A host of representatives from medical, ...


Gay News

QPOC and transgender elders become focus of grad school student's master's thesis
2022-11-02
When we think about how LGBTQ+ age, helping people feel connected and "seen" is just one of the many ways a community can care for LGBTQ+ elders. It can contribute to their mental health as they ...


Gay News

Santa Speedo Run Northalsted to return, has raised more $500,000+ for Chicago's LGBTQ+ community
2022-11-01
-- From a press release - CHICAGO (Nov. 1, 2022) The Santa Speedo Run Northalsted is back with a full afternoon of events that begin at noon on Saturday, Dec 3. Proceeds from the annual event benefit Center on Halsted, Chicago's LGBTQ ...


Gay News

SAVOR Matcha Cita
2022-10-31
Just steps from the Morgan stop on the Pink and Green lines is a heavenly place. And if you don't believe this writer about Matcha Cita (1017 W. Lake St., with an additional spot at Studio ...


Gay News

2023 ELECTIONS Sarandon, Epps back Green; Johnson enters mayoral race
2022-10-31
Chicago mayoral candidate Ja'Mal Green has received the endorsement of two high-profile celebrities in his run, according to a campaign press release. Actress Susan Sarandon and actor/comedian Mike Epps both offered their full support to energize ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Birth certificates, university items, drag-show standoff, 'Models of Pride'
2022-10-30
Following a lawsuit from ACLU, ACLU of West Virginia and the Harvard Law School LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources' Vital Registration Office has introduced more accessible and safer policies ...


Gay News

Howard Brown Health's Big Orange Ball has 'Saturday Night Fever' theme
2022-10-27
Howard Brown Health's Big Orange Ball was back in-person at Park West on Oct. 22—this time with a big (not orange) disco ball. About 300 people brought their Halloween spirit to the event, dressed in costumes ...


Gay News

WORLD Anti-LGBTQ+ countries, UK monkeypox/MPV, vigil, intersex activist
2022-10-23
Video below - Thirty-four Commonwealth nations still have anti-LGBTQ+ laws—roughly three-fifths of the group's total of 53 nations, according to Erasing 76 Crimes. Worldwide, 69 countries still cling to such anti-homosexuality laws. Just ...


Gay News

Chicago Dept. of Public Health reports first two monkeypox/MPV deaths
2022-10-22
On Oct. 21, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced two deaths of Chicago residents caused by this year's monkeypox virus (MPV) outbreak. According to a CDPH press release, both individuals had multiple other health ...


Gay News

Racial-equity symposium in Andersonville on Nov. 5
2022-10-18
Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC), in partnership with Dynamic Cooperative, will host "Re-imagining Health, Safety and Racial Justice in Andersonville"—a free, one-day collaborative learning environment to explore the meaning of ...


 




Copyright © 2022 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 
 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor


 

Sponsor


Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.