Using Reusable Straws

Posted by Lee-Anne 23/04/2018 0 Comment(s)

Plastic constitutes 90% of all trash floating in the world’s oceans and straws are among the top 10 marine debris items!

 

 

It’s quite amazing to think that a plastic straw will get around 20 minutes of use before being thrown away. That is an incredibly small lifespan for a product that will be on the planet forever since they are not biodegradable, cannot be recycled, and may contain BPA. Imagine the positive effect we would have on the environment, especially marine life, if we each said “No straw thanks” or "I have my own straw"...

 

But wait, I love straws!

 

People love using straws for all kinds of reasons: straws are easier than holding and tipping a glass for some. Straws also protect the enamel on your teeth when drinking acidic beverages like Coca-Cola or orange juice, and they even help avoid stains from coffee.

 

Did you know that restaurants and bars supply plastic straws because it makes cleaning glasses easier without waxy residue from lipstick being left on the glass? Straws also facilitate speedier consumption so you order and pay for more drinks! Whatever your purpose, you’re in luck, as there are many alternatives to single-use plastic straws now.

 

 

Here is a guide to the best reusable straws and the best tips for looking after them.

 

Stainless Steel Straws

 

Reusable stainless steel straws are made from food grade #304 stainless steel. They come in a variety of diameters, with a size to suit any drink. Many of these cute straws also come with a bonus straw cleaning brush.

 

Glass Straws

 

Glass straws are made of borosilicate tubing, the strongest glass commercially available. Glass straws don’t taint the flavour of your drink, so they feel luxurious to drink from. They are fun, stylish, and come in a range of colours, designs, and sizes.

 

Silicone Straws

 

Silicone straws are made from high quality food grade silicone. The wider diameter is ideal for green juices and smoothies, and they are great for protecting your teeth from acidic juices or apple cider vinegar.  Plus, silicone straws don’t conduct heat or cold!

 

How To Look After Your Reusable Straws

  • Rinse as soon as possible after use. If you are on the go, just sucking some plain water through the straw will help.
  • As soon as you can, clean your straw with a straw cleaning brush and natural detergent in hot water. Choose your brush based on your straw
  • Put your straw through a dishwasher occasionally.
  • A straw case will help protect your glass straw when you are on the go. Why not try making your own from canvas fabric or an old t-shirt!

 

Remember to keep a reusable straw in your bag, in your car, and at work, and you will never be caught short a straw.

 

Do you use reusable straws? Tell us in the comments below!