Single use plastic straws are bad for the environment and end up polluting the oceans. It is mind-boggling how many plastic straws people use each day only to be thrown away. The best way to start refusing straws is to learn to go without or to purchase a plastic straw alternative. Plastic straw alternatives include; bamboo straws, paper straws, glass straws, silicone straws, and stainless steel straws.
Bamboo straws are a good alternative to plastic straws and are environmentally friendly and sustainable. They are reusable, biodegradable, BPA free, and are a great alternative to single use plastic straws. Bamboo straws are reusable but they aren't as durable as other types of reusable straws. They are porous and could get moldy if not properly cleaned. Bamboo straws are going to be slightly different from one straw to the next and are thicker than other types of straws. If you are looking for a good alternative to plastic straws, bamboo is an eco-friendly alternative.
Paper straws, although they aren't reusable can be biodegradable. Even though paper straws will ultimately end up in the landfill they are biodegradable. Some people love or hate paper straws as an alternative to single use plastic straws but you can be your own judge.
Glass straws are actually pretty durable but they can potentially break. They are easy to clean and see through so you can see whether it is clean or dirty. Glass straws can be more expensive than other reusable straws but aren't as durable.
Silicone straws are a synthetic material and are highly durable and more ocean friendly than plastic straws. Silicone straws are easy to clean and can last a very long time. They are bendable, soft, and can fit into various straw openings because of their bendability. Silicone straws are a good alternative for kids because of their softness. No banging your teeth on these like most other reusable straws.
Stainless Steel Straws
Stainless steel straws are very popular as a replacement to single use plastic straws. They are durable, reusable, easy to clean, come in a variety of sized and can last a very long time. Stainless steel straws are dishwasher safe, although they should be cleaned with a cleaning brush in soapy water to get it nice and clean. Stainless steel straws can take a bit of getting used to and there is potentially a risk of smacking your teeth against them. In the long run though, stainless steel straws will last a life-time and are an affordable alternative to other straws.