Just for personal reasons I would like to know what to call the disposable paper wrappers for drinking straws. If there is no name can I name it a paper? Paper wrapper?
As far as I can tell, there is no special term, in industry or otherwise, for the protective covering of an individually wrapped drinking straw.
It could be called a sleeve, in Macmillan's second sense, especially if made of paper:
- a paper or plastic cover that protects something such as a record or a book
a piece of paper, plastic etc that is wrapped around something that you buy
No one I know would refer to it as a paper, but I would expect people who are familiar with such straws to understand if you referred to the material— I peeled the paper from the straw or I removed the straw from its shrink wrap.