When first starting to get into a zero waste, “reusable” lifestyle – there is quite a few little things you can change which can alter single use plastic significantly.
If you’re no stranger to the internet, then you’ll know that single use plastic straws have been under fire for the past couple of years. Plastic straws ending up in our oceans and killing off our sea life. There has been a variety of viral videos floating around in relation to this topic and if you haven’t seen this, then please click here.
There are plenty of other options out there on the market if you do use straws on an every day basis.
Stainless Steel Straws can be purchased in any home goods store or online. These straws generally range between $10-15 dollars depending on the brand, and usually come in a pack of 2-4 straws. These are on the pricer side, however – it eliminates ALL waste as they are 100% reusable. These are my favourite type of straw and I keep one in each of my bags. The downside to stainless steel is that they aren’t see through, which doesn’t make for an ideal cleaning solution.
Glass straws are also an option on the market, if you are looking for an eco-friendly product and have aversions to stainless steel. Glass straws run in the same price point as a stainless steel straw and are very durable. These straws are also completely clear – which means you are able to see if there is any mildew or build up inside the straw.
Direct from Nature, Bamboo drinking straws are the eco-alternative to plastic straws. Bamboo is said to have significantly less carbon footprint from manufacturing practices than plastic, glass or metal straws, from sourcing raw materials to manufacturing the finished product. However, Bamboo straws can be ‘spongey’ depending on where purchased and can house a lot of mildew. These need to be washed and dried very well.