Apparently this month has been declared “Plastic Free July” and it made me realize that, without being part of any type of movement, I have been personally making some better and more sustainable choices. I have a long way to go, but baby steps right? I decided to share with you some ways I am minimizing plastic in my life over the next few posts. Today we are talking Stainless Steel Straws.
Have you tried using stainless steel straws? I recently started using stainless steel straws at home instead of plastic ones. I usually just use plastic straws for to-go tumblers or for smoothies and I always wash and reuse them a bunch before throwing them away. Still, it felt wasteful so I decided to jump on the stainless steel straw train and I have to say, it has been great!
I have also brought some stainless steel straws with me traveling and I was so thrilled to find that at Bedspace Beach in Unawatuna, Sri Lanka (found on booking.com) their downstairs restaurant called Skinny Tom’s Deli is using stainless steel straws! How awesome is that?!
Fun fact about Stainless Steel Straws:
Stainless steel straws keep your cold drinks really cold. The straw stays nice and cold which helps your drink taste extra refreshing when it hits your lips.
Are Stainless Steel Straws Clean and Hygenic?
Sure! Many of your kitchen cooking items are made with stainless steel because it is a durable, non-porous material. Also, most stainless steel straws come with a cleaner (looks like a pipe cleaner) to enable you to clean the inside well.
One tip for using Stainless Steel Straws:
Be mindful of the steel straw. It’s easy to bump your teeth if you’re not looking or paying attention and if you’re in the habit of chewing on or biting a plastic straw, you’ll break that habit real quick. lol.
What are some environmentally- friendly alternatives to Stainless Steel Straws?
Great Question! If for some reason you are not into the idea of stainless steel straws, you may want to check out glass straws, paper straws (decompose quickly which is a pro and a con since they can quickly become soggy) and even bamboo straws.
Can I travel with Stainless Steel Straws?
Sure! So far I have taken them in carry on luggage through 4 airports with no trouble. A lot of stainless steel straw sets come with a carrying case or bag so you can actually easily take it with you on long travels or on your day to day routine. You can even keep stainless steel straws in your car in the glove compartment and when you’d drive through for a coffee you can say “no straw, please!”
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