Did you know that the US alone disposes of 500 million plastic straws every day, the majority of which end up in our oceans? This plastic pollution is having a huge and disastrous effect on marine wildlife. Switching to eco-friendly alternatives to plastic straws can help drastically reduce the amount of single-use plastic in the ocean.
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1. Bamboo Straws
Bamboo is a versatile and durable natural material which makes it a great, plastic straw alternative. Bamboo straws can also be reused which cuts down on waste and will save you money in the long term. Choose bamboo straws which come with their own cleaner. This not only keeps the straws hygienic but will make them last even longer. Plus, because bamboo is 100% natural, you have a completely biodegradable straw which won’t harm the environment when discarded.
2. Stainless Steel Straws
For the ultimate eco-friendly alternative to plastic straws, choose stainless steel! Stainless steel straws will pretty much last a lifetime, making them a great investment for your home entertaining or for bars and restaurants. Just be careful when using them in hot drinks as metal conducts heat! Many stainless steel straws also come with their own cleaning brush to keep them hygienic and in tip-top shape.
3. Paper Straws
If you are looking for the most affordable alternative to plastic straws, then paper straws are the best option. When searching for an eco-friendly alternative to plastic straws, paper makes a great option as it’s a renewable source and is compostable and biodegradable. These paper straws are made from 100% natural and chemical-free paper, which is durable and can be composted easily.
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4. Silicone Straws
Food-safe silicone is another excellent material and eco-friendly alternative to plastic straws. Silicone straws are dishwasher safe making it the ultimate reusable straw and suitable for hot and cold drinks. Silicone straws come in a wide array of colors and patterns, perfect for kids’ parties and celebrations!
5. No Straw
Yes, no straw is probably the best and most eco-friendly alternative to plastic straws! Most of the time, the straw is completely unnecessary, for mere decoration. You can quite easily enjoy your drink straight out of the glass.
Of course, if you do require a straw to help you drink, then we hope that you can find a suitable eco-friendly alternative to plastic straws. Reusable straws are not only cost effective, but they cut down on household waste, and reduce the plastic pollution in our environment.