Since 2015, over 30 million people have viewed the Youtube video of the sea turtle with a straw stuck up its nose. As our understanding of the damage plastic pollution is doing to our oceans and environment, the war against single-use plastic straws has gone from strength to strength.
A number of companies, from Starbucks to Disney, have committed themselves to eliminate the use of single-use plastic straws. Along the trending Twitter hashtag #StopSucking, a number of celebrities have vowed to stop using single-use straws.
And yet, whether it’s a cold brew, a cup of OJ or a freshly-made Manhattan, the pleasure of sucking your drink through a straw is wonderful. That’s why you need to switch to a reusable straw to sip your drink the classy way.
Keep reading for our guide to the best reusable straws on the market.
1. Seraphina’s Kitchen Extra Wide Reusable Silicone Smooth Straws
Seraphina’s Kitchen reusable straws are generally more expensive than many other options. However, the wider stem allows for a greater variety of drinks.
If you enjoy a thick and fruity smoothie in the mornings or a fluffy milkshake on a sunny afternoon, this is the straw for you.
The straws are made from a lightweight silicone material. It’s guaranteed food-safe. Plus, they’re really easy to clean with the provided brushes, or by placing them in the dishwasher.
Each straw is 25cm, or just under 10 inches long, which makes them ideal for long frappucinos or cocktails. With 6 straws, you can make a couple shorter for smaller drinks or for children’s drinks just by cutting them. The straws are also suitable for hot and cold drinks.
If you want to travel with the straws, or you want somewhere tidy to store them, a microfiber pouch is included. This allows you to store the straws even if they’re a little bit wet from your last sip. You can select your favorite from bold bright ones to the cooler pastels colored straws.
2. StrawGrace Handmade Glass Straws with Coloured Tips
StrawGrace straws are handmade from glass. They are 9 inches long by 10mm wide, which makes them particularly suitable for taller glasses.
You know the glass tubes you used in science labs in school?
It’s the same type of non-toxic glass. So you can be totally confident that they won’t break while you’re drinking through one of the straws. However, don’t drop these straws since they could break if they hit a hard floor.
Are you tired of your brother using your straw?
With the brightly colored tips, you can identify which straw is your one by the color. It also means that they look great when you’re sipping from one.
If you’re worried about your reusable straw getting dirty, it’s easy to see when the straws need cleaning because of the clear glass.
When the straws get dirty, you can throw them in the dishwasher. If you get pieces of chunky fruit from your smoothie stuck in the straw, use the provided brush to remove it.
3. Senhai Stainless Steel Drinking Straws
Can you imagine hosting a dinner party and wowing your guests with these stainless steel straws for gin and tonics?
The Senhai drinking straws are available in a wide range of different sizes that include the following:
Whatever type of glass or drink you’re having, there’s an appropriate straw for every purpose. However, since metal conducts heat, avoid using these straws with hot beverages. Again, two brushes are included and the straws are dishwasher safe.
If you’re on the move, you can store the straws in the drawstring bag that comes with the package. The Senhai straws are one of the more affordable reusable straws available. You can purchase a set of 8 for as low as $7.99.
4. Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Straws
You have probably already heard of the Klean Kanteen stainless steel water bottle.
The company was one of the first to identify a market for top-quality reusable water bottles. Now they’re back with a reusable straw that challenges our addiction to plastic in another way.
You can get a pack of 4 Klean Kanteen stainless steel straws and a cleaning brush. However, unlike the Senhai stainless steel straws, these ones have a silicone tip. Therefore, they are also suitable for hot beverages, such as tea and coffee.
These straws are angled too, so you don’t have to lean over to take a sip of your drink. And if you don’t like anything too bright, Klean Kanteen straws could be the ones for you – they come in black or colors.
5. Aardvark Eco-Flex Paper Straws
These paper straws by Aardvark provide an alternative to single-use plastic that can be used multiple times if you look after them properly. However, they don’t really solve the problem of too much waste.
Although you can use the straws more than once, they begin to break after a few uses. However, if you’re having a party and need a high number of straws, but you want to avoid plastic. These Aardvark straws are more affordable than the other options on this list.
Switch from Plastic to a Reusable Straw
It’s time to throw away (we mean recycle) your final single-use plastic straw and switch to the reusable option.
Not only will you do your bit for the environment by saving on waste and the stop the pollution in our oceans. By purchasing your own reusable straw, you’ll also improve your drinking experience.
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