In the large scale of plastics that litter our earth and oceans, plastic straws might seem minuscule but according to plasticpollutioncoalition.org, more than 500,000,000 plastic straws are used each day in the Untied States alone. That’s more than 182.5 billion plastic straws per year – enough to wrap around the earth 2.5 times or to fill Yankee Stadium.
These staggering stats might explain why the anti-plastic straw movement is growing strong but with fast food chains like Starbucks and McDonald’s still handing plastic straws out to millions of consumers at thousands of locations daily, it’s no wonder why the convenient habit of reaching for a straw can be so hard to kick for some.
If you’re at a ‘sipping point’ and are wanting to banish plastic straws out of your life forever, you don’t need to wait for restaurants, cafes, and coffee chains to do so first. Here are some alternatives for you to consider:
1. Reusable Glass Straws
We drink out of glass cups and mugs, so why not glass straws, too? It might sound dangerous but glass straws are perfectly safe to drink from. Not only are they sustainable solution for the environment but you’ll also be doing yourself a favor in using BPA-free straws.
2. Paper Straws
Paper straws are a fun eco-friendly alternative to plastic straws, especially given their compostable and biodegradable qualities. They come in a variety of colors and patterns making them a fan favorite for parties, weddings, and events.
3. Titanium Straws
Titanium straws are a great eco-friendly alternative to plastic and the most durable choice. They are the strongest out of all the reusable straws on the market which means you can carry them practically anywhere with you. In addition, they won’t corrode since they are made of titanium.
4. Bamboo Straws
Bamboo straws might sound unusual and they won’t last as long as titanium straws but they are all the rage and eco-friendly, too, of course. If you take good care of them by hand-washing them after each use, they can last quite a while.
If you really want to go the extra mile and make an impact on reducing plastic straw use, consider printing out these informative cards and leaving them with your bill the next time you head to your local eatery.
Do you have any tips or advice on how to reduce plastic straw use or plastic waste in general?