Are Stainless Steel Straws Safe to Use?

As with any new sustainability alternative that comes to the market, you may be asking yourself: are stainless steel straws safe to use?

From the point of view of hygiene, stainless steel is an easy-to-clean material, especially since stainless steel straws come with cleaning brushes which make this even easier. As a non-porous material, it doesn’t absorb any cleaning products and you can continue using and washing it without worrying about your health.

However, there is another concern that has been voiced as plastic straws are being banned across the world.

It’s important to understand that not every stainless steel straw is made the same – some, such as those sold by Starbucks, can have very sharp edges which can potentially lead to injury. That being said, a good-quality stainless steel straw does not pose the same risk, as its edges are smoothed out for safety.

It's also important to choose the right-sized stainless steel straw for your cup. Straws that are too long can miss your mouth and poke you in the face if you are not paying attention.  If you are transitioning from a plastic straw and you have a habit of biting the end of your straw you may want to look at silicone straws or adding a silicone tip to the end of your stainless steel metal straw.

To conclude, yes – stainless steel straws are completely safe – unless they’re poorly made. Pay attention to what you are doing and don't be careless when using stainless steel straws. We have lots of options to choose from if you are looking to make the switch from plastic to metal straws.