There are a variety of eco friendly alternatives to Plastic Straws! There are these totally chic glass straws, stainless steel straws, bamboo straws and paper straws. I heard that groan, but you can take it back, because you’ll be pleased to know that they’ve come a long way since those flimsy and thin paper straws that easily become soggy. No really, paper straws have been taken to a whole new level. In this blog post, I’ll introduce you to these funky, eco-friendly and 100% fabulous straws!
Stainless Steel Straws
Well firstly, if you own a stainless steel straw, it’s highly unlikely to end up in the ocean. Why? Well, its unlikely to be washed out of storm water drains, and if you’ve gone to the effort of buying and carrying around a stainless steel straw with you, your unlikely to dispose of it or bring it to the beach… all I can say about that is: hot metal!
BUT whether it’s for use home or out at your favorite brunch spot, stainless steel straws are ideal and so hipster/alternative/cool – you get the gist. The only downside is that (obviously) you have to wash them between uses, but if you ask me, it’s worth it… I’m sure the environment would say the same thing!
They’re pretty trendy and its no surprise why – they’re so chic. Although if you want my honest opinion about them… well, they’re just not practical to carry around. I’d love one to use at home where there is very little risk of it getting crushed or broken, but not to carry in my handbag. Knowing me I’d forget about it and drop the bag and it would break!
BUT how cute is this? I’ll definitely be investing in some for home!
Natural bamboo straws, believe it or not, are reusable, biodegradable, and dishwasher safe. They can also last years if they’re looked after. Not to mention how good they would look in your cocktail!
Last but definitely not least! Paper straws have come such a long way in recent times. To fix the issue of becoming soggy or losing shape, you can now get them much thicker than every before! Being twice as thick as standard straws means they retain their shape. Better yet they’re not only biodegradable but compostable too. They’ve even brought out bendable paper straws now too!
Did you know that some paper straws decompose in 35 days of use as opposed to hundreds of years for plastic straws? Seems like a no-brainer to me! Basically, they’re a win-win. They’re prettier than plastic straws, and so much better for the environment!
What would you choose?