With more and more companies making headlines in their quest to ditch plastic straws for good, you might find yourself on the hunt for an alternative.
Thankfully, there are a ton of great options out there for anyone who wants to up their green living game and say goodbye to one-use utensils.
We’ve put together a list of some great reusable straws that won’t be hanging out in our landfills or getting stuck up the noses of sea turtles. Take a look and see if you can find an alternative that works for you.
Stainless steel straws are a great alternative to keep in your cutlery drawer at home or to take with you to use in your lunch or at restaurants.
I think it’s becoming more and more common for people to carry their own straw these days and these ones come with both bent and straight varieties, in a handy little pouch. (You can also get metal straws in different colours!)
We were out for dinner a while back and a friend of mine busted one of these metal straws out of her purse.
It’s called, quite cleverly, the FinalStraw, and it comes with a neat little carrying case and a squeegee for cleaning it so you can pop it back in your bag and take it with you anywhere.It’s completely collapsible and comes in either silver or rainbow.
This is a pricier option for a reusable straw, but it’s the most compact and definitely a conversation starter!
If you don’t dig the metal straws (I know some people worry about metal on their teeth or they just don’t like the feel) these bamboo straws might be right for you instead.
Technically these colourful straws from David’s Tea are plastic, but they are reusable, bendy (a bonus for anyone not digging the rigid straws), and they come with a brush for cleaning too. They’re also only $8 CAD for a set of 6. Love it.
You can also get glass straws although I’ll admit these aren’t my favourite… mostly I’m just a very clumsy person and I worry that I might chomp it too hard and shatter it in my mouth. I’m sure this doesn’t really happen, but it’s enough for me to stick with other options.
What do you think? Glass straws = yes or no thanks?
Lastly, we use paper straws at home when we have lots of people coming over for an event — holiday dinners, birthday parties, or BBQs.
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You may not be able to keep enough metal straws on hand for occasions like this, but I’ve been able to find packs of paper straws at the dollar store. These straws will decompose when they get tossed, instead of sticking around in landfills for eons.
Pick a straw, any straw — just make sure to bring it along so you can say “no thanks” to plastic straws when you’re going through the drive-thru, eating at your favourite restaurant, or sipping that ice coffee.
It’s a small change, but when we all make it, we can make a big different.
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