With a number of cities recently passing legislation to limit the use of plastic straws to preserve their coastlines, the question begs to be asked: What do we use instead? Reusable drinking straws, made from a variety of materials that are much more environmentally friendly, are the best and easiest (and chicest, if you ask us) way to reduce your plastic footprint.
Estimates show that in the United States alone, 500 million straws are produced daily, and we Americans use half a billion straws every day. That, according to Straw Free, is enough to wrap around Earth twice. The end result? Plastic from straws, bags and packaging is finding its way into our water supplies, polluting precious resources, killing marine life and adding up to billions of tons of non-degradable waste piling up in landfills and littering our streets.
That thought, coupled with the new, stricter regulations around what can and can’t be recycled, puts us in a pickle—and forces us to become better consumers, starting with our straws. Just one person switching to a reusable straw can keep about 38,000 nasty plastic straws out of the environment forever. If that’s not incentive, we don’t know what is. Here are five affordable options you can add to your silverware drawer or toss in your purse today.
4 Reusable Drinking Straws To Help You Reduce Your Plastic Footprint
Sipwell Stainless Steel Drinking Straws, $8.99 for 4
Stainless steel straws feel the sturdiest and most indestructible when it comes to reusable straws. These ones from Sipwell have a slight bent to the top, making it easier to sip out of. They’re rust and scratch-proof and totally dishwasher safe.
Beauty Heroes Glass Straws, $8 for 1; $21 for 3
These beautiful, opaque white glass straws embody the Beauty Heroes’ motto of “Use Less. Love More.” They’re easy to carry around with you for use at restaurants and in to-go cups, and they give you the subtle reminder to take care of yourself and the planet with each use.
Hummingbird Colored Glass Straws, $24.99 for 4
To add a little color to your life (or to entice your kids), reach for Hummingbird’s Colored Glass Straws. Each straw is handmade in the United States by glass artists, and inspected by hand for quality. Plus, they’re really hard to break: Made of borosilicate glass that is shatter-resistant, the straws are both durable and safe to drink from.
Bubba Big Straws, $11
Made of food-grade silicone, these thicker, colorful straws are flexible, and great for things like smoothies. They’re dishwasher-safe, and bring a brightness to whatever you’re drinking. They can be used for any hot or cold drinks, making them the perfect companion for travel.
Want to reduce your footprint even more? Read our four tips for bringing Earth Day into your everyday.