There are many alternatives to plastic straws, especially with sustainability becoming more of a trend around the world. So far, California has banned plastic straws in restaurants, Seattle has banned all single use plastic straws in the city, and large companies like Starbucks, American Airlines, and Aramark are vowing to stop offering plastic straws completely.
But you can’t deny that when you order refreshing iced drink or cocktail that you want a straw to enjoy that sucker with. Not to mention straws help from beverages staining your teeth and help if you have sensitive teeth. So here are some alternatives to plastic straws that you can use and help save the planet in the process.
Paper straws are a great and affordable way to make the initial switch from plastic. They are biodegradable and are easy on the enamel of your teeth. You can get them in an assortment of fun colors and patterns for that perfect party flare. Depending on the thickness of the paper these straws can have a shorter liquid lifespan than others.
We love the natural look of these paper straws. Perfect for any farmhouse decor or event. And you can buy in bulk!
Most people don’t go for this method at first because, well, glass breaks. However, most glass straws at this point are made from borosilicate glass, which is crack-resistant and can adjust easily to hot and cold temperatures without breaking. Glass is also non-porous and hypoallergenic, so these are great with resisting bacteria and for people with allergies. They also give your drink a sort of elevation and are very popular with the modern food bloggers since they look very sleek and fancy in photos. Cleaning? Probably the easiest with glass since you can see right through them, unlike some other straw alternatives.
Strawsome Glass Straws are our top pick for transitioning from plastic to glass. Eco-friendly and makes your Sassy drink Classy! AND comes with a lifetime warranty in case you break it!- But don’t forget the carrying case and cleaning brush!
Stainless Steel Straws
Stainless Steel straws are the most durable (besides Titanium, but we’ll talk about that later). These straws are medical grade, meaning non-corrosive and non-reactive, so they won’t absorb odors and flavors. They are a great Eco option since they are fully recyclable and can be used again and again until you basically lose it. Like the other options, they come with a little brush and are easy to clean.
However, since metal is a conductor of heat, if you drink a lot of hot beverages this may not be the right option for you.
This collapsible option on a key chain is the perfect starter straw. You will always have it on you, so it will be easier to get into the habit of using it and refusing one at restaurants!
|Portable Collapsible Straw Reusable 304 Stainless Steel– $11.30
Features:* 304 stainless steel is made, healthy and not easy to corrode and rust.* Telescope design, suitable for a variety of cups, to meet your different needs.* The inner concave of the pipe is polished several times, it is smooth and round without cutting.* Nylon soft brush, high density, easy to clean.* The travel-case is lightweight and portable, convenient for you to carry.
Bamboo straws are THE MOST sustainable and Eco-friendly straw on the market. They are made out of 100% pure bamboo stalks and are completely biodegradable, compostable, and are naturally antibacterial. Bamboo produces 35% more oxygen than trees and absorbs an abundance of carbon dioxide. But don’t feel bad for buying straws harvested from this super-plant, because bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on earth… some species growing almost 3 feet per day!! Oh, and they make you feel like you are on a beach vacay, everyday.
Bamboo straws do have a shorter lifespan than some other reusable options, but when you’re done with them just compost them in a plant pot or compost bucket!
ECO/EGO is our pick for your bamboo straw starter kit. This kit comes with enough to share and stock your kitchen with, and 10% of proceeds go to saving the sea turtles!
Silicone straws are a good option over plastic, but are still a synthetic polymer (like plastic). They are better because they are more durable and environmentally friendly (meaning they don’t leach toxins). Silicone is not biodegradable, but can be recycled where facilities exist. It is VERY heat resistant, so excellent for hot beverages. And also very soft, since it’s basically a rubber- so probably the best choice for kids and children. They are also very fun for the kiddos, since they are bendable and come in different colors.
This is our favorite choice for transitioning from plastic to Silicone. They fold up small, come with a cleaning tool, and have a loop to attach to your key chain or lunchbox so you won’t forget it!
|Reusable Silicone Straw – $8.96
Be the Change
The fact that you are here reading this article is a great start. You care about the environment and future generations being able to live a happy and healthy life. Although these straws may cost more up front, in the long run you are saving a ton of money. Bring a straw with you everywhere you go and you are saving businesses money also! We are habitual creatures who have been ingrained with using plastic straws our entire lives. It’s hard to change something that is a part of you. But it all starts with a mindset. Try and remember that you are stopping the billions of straws being deposited in landfills and the ocean. You are saving marine life. You are saving the planet. Because together, WE CAN. One person at a time.