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Making one simple choice everyday can reduce plastic in our landfills and oceans.
I just love to drink through a straw. Especially on hot summer days. Sipping something cold by the pool is just so satisfying. Don’t you think?
However, using a straw is so wasteful, since it is just a one time use, then throw it away. Using stainless steel straws allows you to use them over and over again.
Why Metal Straws Are Better
First off purchasing a stainless steel straw will save you money. No need to ever purchase straws again. I just love a good bargain. Don’t you? When you are done simply wash them and they are ready to use again. I like this pack that comes with a straw cleaner. You can also add silicone straw tips like these to help with hitting your teeth and give you the soft feel just like a regular straw. I have some and I love them!
With more restaurants, cities and states outlawing straws, it is easy to pack metal straws for travel. This set makes it perfect to pack in your purse or pack for convenience while you are out.
An additional benefit I recently discovered using my metal straw is they make great cherry pitters. Simply push the straw through the bottom of the cherry and the pit easily pops out the top of the cherry. No additional fancy equipment needed.
Do metal straws help the environment?
Buy purchasing stainless steel straws you reduce waste going into the landfill. With the US reducing our ability to outsource our recycling, this is something we all need to think about.
I am sure you have seen on the news, social media or TV, animals that have consumed plastic waste or how plastic has taken over the ocean. Using a washable straw is more environmentally friendly for marine life and ocean life all over the world. This is better for all of us.
Using a metal straw helps reduce your exposure to BPA plastic and plastic in general. They are still researching and finding how plastic affects not only humans, but also animals. Take steps to reduce plastic in your life. These are a few environmental benefits of using metal straws you can start doing right away.
Are metal straws hygienic?
I am sure you are worried about how sanitized are metal straws with repeat use? Stainless steel straws are so easy to clean. Most come with a cleaning brush and are dishwasher safe. Once they are clean you can easily store in a pouch to carry with you where ever you go.
Thinking of what to get someone who has everything? What about stainless steel straws, so they never have to purchase straws again?
Did you know metal straws helps reduce ice melting in your drink? Yes, it is true. Metal is a conductor of heat and will not melt your ice in your drink as quickly. Try this Rainbow Cocktail or a this pear and ginger smoothie using metal straws.
There are other more environmentally friendly options like glass or bamboo straws. But with glass you have to extra careful you don’t drop or break them. Not a good option for kids. Bamboo can wear down over time and cause splintering and may not be as safe from bacteria. Stainless steel is more durable than both of these options.
Are metal straws safe?
I have listed here a few benefits of using metal straws to help in many areas. Overall I would highly recommend purchasing a starter set like this one to have on hand for when ever you may want a straw. Get started now helping the environment by investing in the best zero waste item you use daily. Every little bit helps.
Since it is made of stainless steel, reusing it is allowed and made it possible to save the environment and also not occupying too much space.
I switched to metal straws a few years back. It was actually one of the first zero waste swaps I ever made. You do have to be pretty vigilant about cleaning them immediately after use I find. I did find my teeth would clash against the metal sometimes so I’m looking for a replacement option now but these are still good if you can’t go without straws.
Thanks for the advice Andrea. Have you seen these? I have added these to my straws and my teeth do not clash against the metal anymore.