Ditch Plastic Straws for Glass, Metal, Silicone or Bamboo Straws

Did you know In the United States, we use an estimated 500,000,000 straws a day!  Plastic straws are one of the easiest things to replace when going eco-friendly or trying reduce plastic in the kitchen.  I decided plastic straws were no longer going to be a part of our household.  With 3 kids and no plastic straws I’ll share our experience and the pros and cons of glass straws, metal straws, silicone straws and bamboo straws. Then you can you decide what will work best for you!

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Reasons to Avoid Plastic Drinking Straws

  • Pollution
    • Plastic straws are one time use only.
    • Similar to plastic water bottles, they end up in the landfill after one use.
    • Or they litter the ground and pollute communities.
  • Environment
    • Plastic is not biodegradable. It breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces which present all kinds of issues especially with marine life.
    • An estimated 500 million plastic straws are thrown out every DAY in the United States.
    • Bush Gardens Theme Park has completely replaced  plastic straws with paper straws. Truthfully I wasn’t a fan of the  paper straws, but I do believe it’s a good step in the right direction.
    • McDonald’s and many other big chains are also in the process of phasing out plastic straws.
  • Health
    • A lot of plastic contains BPA or other toxins that leach into our food.
    • BPA disrupts our hormones in unknown ways and damages our health.
  • 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 for less than $10
    • If you decide you prefer Glass Straws they are also a reasonable price.

Reasons to Switch to Non-Plastic Straws

  • Eco-friendly 
    • Keeps plastic out of the of the environment and from the ocean.
    • If you choose bamboo straws they are a made from a renewable resource and they can be composted at the end of their life.
  • Reusable
    • You buy once and use for a lifetime.
    • Save money in the long run.
  • Easy to Clean
    • Dishwasher Safe
    • I recommend you use the small cleaning brush that comes with the straws to quickly clean the inside of the straw before throwing in the dishwasher.
  • Non-Toxic
    • No need to worry about BPA and other toxins.
    • If you are looking at metal straws make sure you buy Food-Grade Stainless steel.
    • Glass is always safe and does not leach chemicals.
  • They Make Good Gifts
    • Especially if you have a eco-friendly or green conscientious person on your list.
    • If you are looking for something unique then I recommend glass straws from Strawsome.

Reusable straws are definitely NOT the same, so you should be sure and pick which one is right for you and your family.  Pros and Cons for Glass Straws, Metal Straws, Silicone Straws and Bamboo Straws.

Glass Straws

 

Hummingbird Glass Straws

  • Rainbow Gecko
  • Made In The USA
  • Shatter Resistant Pyrex-Glass
  • For Smoothies, Tea, Juice, Water
  • Includes a Cleaning Brush

Pros

  • They are see through so you can see if they are clean.
  • They come in pretty colors and fun shapes.
  • Can be used with hot or cold drinks
  • Mouthfeel: Glass straws are really smooth similar to sipping from the rim of a glass cup

Cons

  • Breakable
  • Not as safe for children.
  • Not good for Traveling

Metal Straws

Boba Drinking Straws

  • Pack of 6
  • Rainbow Color
  • Big Smoothies Straws – Extra Wide
  • For Bubble Tea, Juice, or Thick Milkshakes
  • Includes a Cleaning Brush
  • Also Includes a linen Pouch
  • 5 year warranty

Reusable Metal Straws

  • Pack of 6
  • Red, Blue, Green, Gold, Orange, Purple
  • Color doesn’t Fade
  • Food Grade Alumminum
  • Fits 30oz tumblers
  • Includes a Cleaning Brush

Klean Kanteen

  • Pack of 5
  • Removable Silicone Flex Straw Tip
  • Food Grade Alumminum
  • Includes a Natural Palm Fiber Cleaning Brush

Pros

  • Not breakable like glass straws.
  • Travel friendly

Cons

  • 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.
  • Temperature sensitive.
    • Drinking a cold smoothie? The straw gets super cold.
    • Washing the straw in hot water? Careful, don’t burn yourself.
  • You can occasionally get a metallic taste with your drinks

Silicone Straws

Pros

  • Dishwasher Safe
  • Soft – no worries about getting hurt
  • Safe for kids
  • Travel friendly – no worry about breakage

Cons

  • You can’t see through them
  • Not temperature sensitive like metals straws.
  • Very bendable – this could be a pro or a con depending on how you feel. I thought it made them more awkward to wash.

Bamboo Straws

Bamboo Straws

  • Pack of 12
  • Organic
  • Crafted by local Vietnamese artisans
  • Comes with 2 different sizes
  • Comes with a coconut fiber brush

Buluh Straws

  • Organic
  • Highly Rated on Amazon
  • Set of 8
  • Comes with a cleaning brush and bag

Pros

  • Made from plants – originate in nature and end up in nature
  • Biodegradeable and compostable
  • Not temperature sensitive like metals straws.
  • Cheaper

Cons

  • Life-span is limited – won’t last forever like glass, silicone or metal
  • Woody taste
  • Not dishwasher safe – a con for some, but I found its just as easy to wash all my reusable straws.
  • Only comes in straight form – no bend versions

Overall I prefer Glass Straws, even if they aren’t as practical.  If you have kids I would lean more toward the Silicone Straws.  After 4 years of use we started having a few chips on our glass straws, but I had them replaced for free (excluding shipping) since Strawsome offers a life-time guarantee.  Our kids loved the metal straws over the glass ones. However after we bought silicone straws it was hands down their favorite out of all the straws.  Given the choice nobody wanted to use the bamboo straws. I do like them, even though the kids do not.

After reading the Pro’s and Con’s which resusable straw did you pick? Let me know in the comments!

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