What has been great about recent years is that people are recognizing the impact waste has on the ecosystem and are making steps towards helping save the earth for waste destruction. Now, there have been a ton of leaders, families and individuals who have made changes for many years but with the development of technology more people have the ability to share their story and the ways they work to reduce waste production.
One way many people are reducing waste production is buy not using plastic straws. Plastic straws can harm ocean mammals and are hard on the earth’s ecosystems because of their slow rate of decomposition and man-made chemical makeup. Find out more about plastic straw waste and the movement to end plastic straws here.
But, I love straws and the earth. Do I have to give them up? Not at all! There are a ton of really cool options that are super affordable. Just keep it in your bag or briefcase or even your pocket for those time you go out to eat. Or throw it in your sustainable lunchbox.
- The Bamboo Straw
Bamboo straws are great because they are biodegradable and reusable. Bamboo is a very sustainable wood. Bamboo is fast growing, requires no fertilizer, and self regenerates well. Unlike a pine tree, used heavy in the wood industry, bamboo doesn’t die after it’s cut. It also only takes about 3 years for the tree to grow 3 to 5 feet! Making it more sustainable to use in wood production than most popular trees that take 10+ years to get large enough to cut down. Find out more about bamboo sustainability here. Bamboo straws are a bit more expensive than other options but they are really trendy and work well. You can purchase 8 organic bamboo straws with a cleaner and bag for around $15 on Amazon. Hint: If you lightly oil your wooden straws with coconut oil after use they will last longer.
2. The Glass Straw
You may be thinking…”Glass?! That can’t be safe.” Well, actually most glass straws are made from industrial quality glass called Pyrex and are BPA free. The durability is great. The price varies. You can buy one straw from Simply Straw for about $10 and they have a ton of different options from coffee straw to BOBA straw! Or you can get a set of 4 with a cleaning brush on Amazon for about $12.
3. The Stainless Steel Straw
The stainless steel straws are great because they don’t need a lot of maintenance and they are super durable. These are great for traveling because of their durability. They are really easy to clean and because they are made from stainless steel they contain chromium which makes them rust resistant. You buy a pack of 4 with a cleaning brush for about $6 on Amazon.
4. Paper Straws
Paper straws are not very durable and last for one use. However, these are great for large parties and events. They are biodegradable and decompose before they have the opportunity to hurt any mammals. You can buy these straws in bulk from a company named Aardvark. They cost about $370 for 7000! (Price varies by size) This company is dedicated to turning the ocean strawless. You can buy smaller quantities on Amazon for around $8 for about 140 straws.
5. Harvest Straws
Harvest straws are pretty cool! They are made from grain and kind of look like a big piece of pasta. The Harvest Straws company is part of the Tehachapi Grain Project, which strives to grow Non GMO organic grain in California. You can purchase Harvest Straws online by contacting Harvest Straws here.
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