One day I decided that plastic straws weren’t going to be a part of our household anymore. My number one concern was to get as much plastic out of our lives as possible and straws are something that is easy enough to get rid of. As a bonus we contribute less waste to the landfill. Did you know In the United States, we use 500 million straws a day! That is enough straw waste to wrap the circumference of the earth 2.5 times or to fill Yankee Stadium over 9 times in a year.
Reasons to Avoid Plastic Drinking Straws
Pollution – Plastic straws are one time use only. Afterwards they go into the landfill (assuming they are thrown in the trash rather than dropped on the ground)
Environment – They are not environmentally friendly. An estimated 500 million plastic straws are thrown out each DAY in the United States. Bush Gardens Theme Park has completely gotten rid of plastic straws and replaced them with paper straws. McDonald’s is also in the process of phasing out plastic straws.
Health – Plastic has proven to be harmful to our health. Many leach unknown toxins into our food. The more you can avoid plastic the better.
Money – If you use a lot of straws it will cost you more money to keep buying disposable straws. Reusable straws aren’t actually that expensive. You can find a pack of 6 metal straws on amazon here for less than $10 or if you prefer glass here.
If you are looking for fancier straws or you are thinking about gifts then I recommend glass straws from Strawsome. I bought our glass straws from Strawsome and I got some metal straws through a mighty nest subscription.
Metal and Glass straws are definitely NOT the same, so you should be sure and pick which one is right for you and your family.
They are see through so you can see if they are clean.
They come in pretty colors and fun shapes.
Not breakable like glass straws.
Not see through
Its not as fun when you can’t see the liquid coming up the straw.
Not convenient with little kids to see if they actually are drinking : how much or how fast.
Drinking a cold smoothie? The straw gets super cold.
Washing the straw in hot water? Careful, don’t burn yourself.
Overall I like the glass straws better, even if they aren’t as practical. After 4 years of use we started having a few chips, but the glass straws come with a lifetime guarantee and Strawsome replaced ours for free (you do have to pay shipping and handling). However I do not recommend glass straws for small kids. I used to put the glass straws in glass mason jars for daily smoothies (this was before I had metal straws). It worked fine for a while, but eventually they started breaking. Our 3 year old loves the metal straws over the glass ones. She even throws fits when all the metals ones are dirty.
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