What Kind of Reusable Straw Is Best?
There is a wide selection of washable straws to choose from. While all these washable straws are considered eco-friendly, the best kind of reusable straw depends on the material composition and the userís preference. You do not have to worry about any environmental impacts whichever straw you decide to buy.
Each of these reusable straws has its upsides and downsides that you need to know before buying one. However, one thing's for sure. They are way better than disposables.
Reusable Silicone Straws
Reusable silicone straws are the most popular reusable straw. Silicone is one of the most abundant elements on the planet so there won't be any shortages any time soon. They are so flexible that you do not have to worry about using them for hot or cold beverages. Moreover, they are 100% BPA-free which means you do not have to worry about nasty chemicals leaching into your drink.
Silicone straws are soft and bendable. They can be positioned to a more comfortable sipping experience without experiencing clink on the teeth, eye pokes and chipped teeth. A wonderful recommendation is the Eco Living 6 Silicone Straws Standard. They even come in gorgeous colours, plant-based bristled brush and plastic-free fillers.
Silicone is also recyclable and biodegradable. At the end of their life, you can simply toss your silicone straw into your compost or recycling bin. They decompose naturally and go back to their original compositions; carbon, water and sand.
If you prefer to use silicone straws, they are still very ideal because they are reusable and sustainably made. Silicones are made from carbon, water and sand so they are biodegradable and will never contribute as pollution.
Reusable Glass Straws
Reusable glass straws are good alternatives to plastic ones. Most modern glass straws are made from borosilicate glass. Think Pyrex casserole your grandmother owned. This type of glass is durable, break and shatter-resistance and most importantly, it's tolerant to temperature changes. However, adult supervision is needed when used by children because they can potentially clink the teeth.
Some brands come with cleaning brushes so you can clean your glass straws easily and poke whatever is stuck inside.
Reusable Stainless Steel Straws
Reusable stainless steel straws are probably the most durable. Stainless steel is unbreakable and resistant to bacterial growth. With proper care, they could last for many years.
Most stainless steel straws are made from 304 food-grade stainless steel that is rust-proof and safe. They wonít leach chemicals into your drinksand wonít alter their flavour.
Stainless steel also has a minimal impact on the environment because they can be recycled. It also means that lesser straws will be produced in the long run.
We highly recommend Klean Kanteen's straw packs for their soft silicone tips with a bonus of a cleaning brush!
Metal conducts heat so use your stainless steel straw with extreme caution especially if you are using it for hot drinks to prevent scalding and burns in your mouth. Moreover, do not use them if you are running, walking or driving a vehicle because they are not bendable or you may end up with a chipped tooth.
Reusable Bamboo Straws
Reusable bamboo straws are the most eco-friendly straws. Bamboo is known for its antibacterial properties and sustainability. Most bamboo plantations do not use artificial irrigation and chemicals like fertilisers and pesticides.
Bamboo straws are biodegradable and highly compostable at the end of their lives. They will never produce waste and add to environmental pollution. They are even naturally antibacterial and safer to be used on hot or cold drinks.
How about using the Bambu Short Bamboo Straws - Set of 6 With Brush? We love them because they are made without glues and lacquers.
There were some reports of funny after taste when using bamboo but somehow, they can be cleaned and sanitized properly to prevent this happening.
Ultimately, reusable straws are already turning a new leaf in preventing major environmental issues and impacts that single-use plastic straws are contributing to our planet. Whatever type of material your reusable straw will be, they will surely look after the environment.
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