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It’s been all the hype, cities banning straws. But is it enough? Here we offer 5 alternatives to plastic straws and why you should say no thank you when you are being offered a single-use straw. You may have heard it in the news, Seattle has ditched the plastic drinking straws.
Starbucks is going to replace plastic straws, but they are going to use thicker plastic lids, which may contain more plastic than the old one. Playing the sad little violin. Nice try Starbucks, but I don’t think that is the right way to go about it.
However, they do claim to be looking for better alternatives, although they said that a decade ago and not much has changed. ” If you are a real coffee enthusiast, you would never go to Starbucks anyway.
“ On the good news, American Airlines is also getting rid of plastic straws and stir sticks and is replacing it with eco-friendly drinking straws, sourced from sustainably grown bamboo. Starting this month.
Ditching the straw is a small victory you can feel good about. Plastic straws are a serious offender because they’re single-use, and most straws are too lightweight to make it through a mechanical recycling sorter.
Related: What is microplastic?
They slip through the cracks and contaminate recycling loads or end up in a landfill, where they won’t break down. Ultimately, millions of discarded straws and other pieces of plastic end up in the ocean, where they’ve severely harm wildlife. If you want to know why I am pushing for better or no straws, you should watch this video if you haven’t already. But be warned it isn’t pretty!
Eco-friendly drinking straws | The alternatives
Is this going to be the new hype? These are collapsible stainless steel straws, which I have found on Amazon. Pretty cool if you ask me.
1. Stainless Steel Collapsible Straw
You can now get these cool gadget straws on Amazon for only $10. But those are only for the nerdy guy, I totally get one if I would use straws.“Our tactic here at zerowasteman is to avoid straws completely and kindly inform the waiter or waitress to leave the straw behind.” But wait, there are more alternatives. How about stainless steel straws without the gadgety part?
2. Standard Stainless Steel Straw
These are the perfect eco-friendly drinking straws since you can put them in the dishwasher and reuse them over and over. The best place to buy is Amazon.
3. Bamboo Straws
They are a great alternative, although some say their drinks taste like grass. I didn’t notice that, but I guess you have to find out for yourself.
What about straws made from natural wheat stems that are 100% biodegradable, which means they won’t linger in landfills. An ingenious idea from the guys of HAY Straws. You can get those of their website or on Amazon for $10.
4. Hay Straws
And last we have the paper straw. They won’t last forever in your drink since they get soggy, but they are definitely a great alternative to plastic straws.
So these are the 5 eco-friendly drinking straws I have come across. Which one is your personal favorite, or have you come across different products that we haven’t mentioned here? Please let us know in the comment section below and help us to consume better.