I think we’ve entered this era where we are obsessed with straws. Sadly, we use about 500 million a day. Every single beverage comes with a plastic straw these days. Most of the time, they are completely unnecessary but yet, restaurants and bars thrust them into our drinks before we can even sit down. It’s almost offensive. Now, I understand that some of us still prefer to drink from straws (I am one of those people) or have to without choice. I’m not by any means suggesting that you all just “suck it up” without a straw. See what I did there? There are options!
Plastic Straw Alternatives
My personal choice. I love how these are indestructible and that they keep the ice in my glass…well…ice. Most sets I’ve seen come with a cleaning brush so that you can easily ensure there is not residual food left behind. I also find these perfect for my toddler son who is a little hard on most things.
Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on earth. It can grow any where from 3 – 5 feet per year making it one of the most sustainable plant materials available and a pretty good plastic straw replacement.
Silicone is definitely not my first choice as I treat it pretty closely to plastic. It’s currently a non renewable, lab created substance and how it’s structure is affected under intense cold and heat, make me a little apprehensive if it’s a good alternative anymore. However, if you or someone you care for has a disability and needs straws for drinking or eating. Silicone could be a potential contender as a durable and safe reusable. Since the the straw will not get heated to a high temp, I see no issue with it compromising anyone’s health or safety. Silicone is a relatively safe material.
When I first saw LOLISTRAW I was so intrigued. Wouldn’t these be a perfect solution for restaurants? They would be perfect for a mass disposable replacement. LOLISTRAW is made from LOLIWARE’s patent-pending, seaweed-based material technology and is 100% PLASTIC-FREE, Hypercompostable, marine-degradable, and non-GMO. So, once you are done with your drink, you can eat the straw!
Another option to replace mass disposable plastic straws at large scale events and at restaurants. I’d still recommend a complete reusable alternative for an individual since paper still utilizes precious resources to create.
If you are following along with my Sustainable Summer Challenge, this is Week 3 – which is all about reducing our plastic straw consumption. Here’s your homework for the week:
- Get into the habit of refusing a straw at restaurants and bars.
- Carry your own reusable alternative if you still prefer to drink from a straw.
- Hug a turtle. I wish, right?