Using reusable straws to replace plastic drinking straws is very important for the environment. There are so many options to include metal straws, glass straws and they come in a variety of lengths and diameters.
What are the best reusable straws
I believe that the best reusable straw is the one you are using. Metal, glass, bamboo or paper. There are so many options. Everyone will have their own preference and reasons for what they look for in a reusable straw.
Things to consider with reusable straws:
- length for the drinking container.
- width for the beverage. Thicker smoothies and bubble teas will require a larger diameter reusable straw.
- Cleaning. Do you have a straw brush? Are they dishwasher safe?
- Do you prefer straight or bent reusable straws?
- Do you want a blunt or rounded edge to the straw?
- Do you want a carrying pouch or will you just toss a reusable straw in your bag?
Why use a reusable straw
- Over 500 MILLIONS straws are use in America EVERY DAY. strawlessocean.org
- Plastic never ‘goes away’ it just gets smaller and smaller. Part of our environment. marinedebris.noaa.gov
- The amount of energy, time and carbon footprint that goes into making a drinking straw is far greater than the time is it actually used. Mentalfloss.com
- Straws are too lightweight to make it all the way through the recycling process. They often get blown out and end up in the oceans and environment. srawlessocean.org
Where to buy metal straws
I find my metal straws on Amazon. I look for ones that have Amazon Prime shipping. These reusable straws are made of 18/ 8 non-toxic stainless steel, FDA- approved, food-grade, BPA free, no metallic or chemical taste, much safer than plastic and glass straws. Keep enjoy the drinks until the last drop.
Metal straws for 8-10 ounce drinking glasses
Metal straws for 20-30 ounce tumblers
Extra wide reusable drinking straws
Where to buy glass straws
Look for glass straws that are made free of lead, are FDA approved, advertise no metal aftertaste, BPA free, dishwasher safe, reusable and environmentally friendly. I also look for glass straws that have rounded edges.
How to clean reusable straws
Using reusable straws is great for the environment but you do have to clean the straws after they are used. Mold can build up and bacteria can form if reusable straws, metal or glass, are not cleaned daily.
- Submerge your reusable straw in hot, soapy water.
- Use a bottle brush, drinking straw brush or pipe cleaner to clean the inside of the straw.
- Be sure to pay extra attention to the bend in the straw. Often there can be build up in the inside ridges.
- Rinse with fresh water and place upright in a clean cup or container to allow the straws to drain and dry.
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