Whether you believe in climate change or not, environmental pollution is real. Marine pollution from man-made industrial particles and agricultural practices account for approximately 80% of marine pollution, globally, according to the United Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) web site. In the U.S. alone, over 500,000,000 plastic straws are used each day, according to the Plastic Pollution Coalition.
As of 2018, six American cities have either banned or limited the use of plastic straws in restaurants. The New York City council is considering a current proposal to ban straws all over the city. In 2019, the U.K. will become the first country to ban plastic straws.
So, before you grab that beach daiquiri or soda with the bendy straw, consider one of these plastic straw alternatives that you can pack in your beach bag alongside your sunblock and sunnies.
Paper. Paper straws are the easiest and cheapest alternative to plastic straws. They’re perfect for adding a bit of color to parties and usually come in a variety of colors and designs and can be disposed of after each use while not causing any potential harm to the environment. This is also the best kid-friendly option. Try Creative Converting paper straws sold at major retailers like Target and Walmart.
Glass. For grown up use only, these straws are perfect for all temperature drinks. They
can be washed and re-used. Check out mightynest.com’s selection of glass straws in both straight and bent styles.
Stainless steel. Refrigerators, countertops, cutlery, straws. This material is easily washable and reused and straws from stainless steel can be straight or bent. They can also be found at mightynest.com. Like special occasion dishes, they should be brought out during events.
Bamboo. It seems these days that bamboo can be made into anything from furniture to clothing and dish ware. Add straws to the mix and you get a cool reusable, sustainable straw that will eventually breakdown and not contribute to the landfill. Bamboo straws also have the shortest lifespan, so may be used for people who crave an all-natural alternative. Try these Buluh straws on Amazon.
Silicone. Easy to use and washable, this is the latest material used in making drinking straws. It’s more durable and insulated, perfect for use in hot and cold drinks.
If you have to have plastic over paper, check out Eco-Products. The site sells renewable and compostable plastic straws in solid and multi-striped colors. They also sell biodegradable flat ware and food storage containers.