Alternatives to Plastic Straws – Go Green!

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

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!


Kraft Paper Straws 800 ct

 

Glass Straws

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.glass-straw

 

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

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

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).ย  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

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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. Be-The-Change 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.

 

21 Comments

  1. Thank you for offering alternatives to plastic straws. I regularly check our street for trash thrown out. Just one half mile and I get from one to three grocery size bags each week. Often I find a plastic straw, plastic lid and plastic or paper cup. All of us need to be more conscious of what we can do to protect our environment.
    Wilma

  2. Yep ash—–this is a very unique site about straws—–fascinating. I heard that pasta straws are coming out on the market one day—-or is this just a joke? You sure would know. I keep being told that the more posts we create the better chances we have of partnering up with a company. You are welcome to offer me feedback Ash.

    Thank you for this very interesting straw and plastics post.

    AJ

    1. The Team

      Audrey, pasta straws are very real! They are predominantly used in Europe and Italy, but have made their way over to the U.S in 48 states. They are made out of wheat and water, so 100% biodegradable and compostable..or make a delicious dish out of them! See how creative we can be if we stop relying on plastics? Thanks for visiting!

      Ashley,
      Founder

      1. This is a great niche. I love it look into Bamboo straws too. It was advertised that businesses are finally told to get rid of those annoying plastic straws thatโ€™s destroying the environment .
        Another matter is plastic bags. Publix has paper bags in some of their locations not sure why itโ€™s not rolled out to all.

        Best Wishes

        Traveler.

        1. The Team

          Yes, plastic bags are definitely another huge plastic problem for our oceans. If you forget your reusable bags, you should always ask for paper. We will have bamboo straws available soon!

          The Team

  3. Hi Ash

    I commend you for providing such important information about alternatives to plastic straws and going green. I am not a straw lover, so I was not aware that there were paper straws and straws for key chain. So, I learned a great deal from your post.
    The candy-striped straws are beautiful.

    I agree that even though the straws may cost more up front, eventually, money will be saved.

    Helping to take care of the environment will definitely benefit everyone.

    1. The Team

      Thanks for visiting, Jackie! If you are able to enjoy your drinks without using a straw- that’s the best! You are probably already in the habit of saying, ‘no straw please’ at restaurants. Now it’s getting into the habit of using reusable bags when shopping, and after that..eliminating sing-use plastics from the household. In this step-by-step process, WE WILL make a difference!

      Ashley,
      Founder

  4. Thank you for this article! I have been wanting to try bamboo straws for a while. Even though I think it’s great that people are switching away from plastic, I know people who scoff; they really don’t care. ๐Ÿ™
    I hope more people read this and even if they don’t care about the environment, maybe they’ll buy an alternative just because it looks cool. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. The Team

      Unfortunately, there are people who don’t care. I wonder about those people, and if they have children. And the kind of world they want their kids to live in. Please feel free to share on FB or any platform! Maybe if we all start using these ‘cool’ straws, people will want to be cool like US! Thanks for visiting, Mary!

      Ashley,
      Founder

  5. Great article! I love the options, and links available. I rarely drink anything besides water, milk or juice, and dont eat out regularly, so I didnt realize the magnitude of this issue. However, I totally can see how this is a big problem. Thanks for the awareness!

  6. Hi,

    Great article, I knew about stainless steel straws because my daughter has some, but I had no idea that there were so many choices out there.

    I love the reusable straw that comes in its own little box, what a great idea to put one on your keyring.

    There’s really no excuse for using the old plastic ones any more.

    Judy

  7. Michael

    Hi, I never really thought about the damage plastic straws have on the environment. I am aware of plastic cups and plates harming the environment, but somehow I didn’t think plastic straws are a problem. Thank you for helping me become aware of this issue.
    Michael

  8. John

    Hello and let me say that this is a very interesting post. I have two of the stainless steel straws and they are great. Your post is the first place I have read about the glass straws.

    Thanks!

  9. Abby

    So much awesome information here, Ashley! I never knew there were so many options when it came to straws – probably because plastic are the most popular & convenient. We use them, throw them away & forget about them. Once you really start thinking about the impact plastic ones have though, it makes the switch easy! I have stainless steel ones but might have to try some other ones now ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. The Team

      I like having a couple different options on hand depending on what I am drinking. Sometimes the stainless ones get too cold for me and seem hard on my teeth. The glass ones are so pretty if you’re having people over, and the silicone are great for kids. Thanks for being a part of the solution, Abby!

      Ashley
      Founder

  10. I did not know that some states have banned plastic straws, it must be that dangerous. I am a fan of the stainless steel straws, I decided to buy one since it caught my eye, and I’m very skeptical when it comes to using straws that isn’t mine permanently. I might try the bamboo straws however. Great article.

    1. The Team

      Josh, you are already helping reduce plastic! The stainless steel straws are definitely the most durable and long-lasting, but some of the other options can be fun as well! Thanks for reading!

      The Team

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