If you are looking to make a difference in the world we are living in today, then know that you don’t have to start big. If you don’t have the billions to splash into research and development, why not start by simply doing away with plastic straws and adopting reusable straws?
By opting to use the best reusable straws in place of plastic straws, you help reduce the amount of plastic finding its way into our oceans – which is staggering. So the next time you decide to suck that iced tea or green juice, pick up a non-polluting reusable straw instead.
According to research, at today’s rate of plastic pollution, there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans by 2050. But plastic does not harm fish alone. When it starts to break down into micro-plastics and is ingested by marine life, plastic finds its way into our food chain. What we then get is toxins into our bodies.
Lucky for us, there are few inventions like reusable and biodegradable straws that will significantly reduce the plastic polluting our environment. Companies like Starbucks and the City of Seattle have even banned the use of plastic straws in a bid to make an impact and reduce plastic pollution.
But how polluting can these tiny, bendy, single-use thingies be? Estimates put the daily use of straws in the US alone at 500 million. To put it into perspective, in a year, that rounds off to about 73,000 metric tons of plastic waste – on straws alone.
Here is our list of top 4 reusable and biodegradable straws.
1. Softy Silicone Straws
There are fewer straws you can wash and reuse that are better than softy straws’ reusable silicone straws. They are made from top quality silicone that has been inspected by the FDA and approved as non-plastic, non-rubber, and food grade. The straws are also BPA free and the nature of the silicone makes them safe for kids.
They keep your children’s teeth intact as the bendy structure of silicone makes then tooth-chip proof. Also, despite being easy to bite down on, they resist tearing easily, extending their durability. For easy cleaning, the straws come with a silicone straw squeegee that slides in to scrape any residue and bacteria.
Going by other reviews, these are some of the best straws for the whole family as all their hundreds of reviews on Amazon are a full five stars.
Why we love them:
- They fit different cups, glass, bottles, and tumblers sizes
- They are easy to clean
- The bulk reusable straws come in a pack of 5 (each a different bright color) and a cleaning squeegee
- Dishwasher and kid-safe
- Unmatched customer service
Made from top quality silicone, BPA free and the nature of the silicone makes them safe for kids.
2. Mutnitt Stainless Steel Bulk (Reusable) Straws
Mutnitt sells bulk reusable straws in packs of twenty each. The reusable stainless steel straws are not only durable but they are also easy to clean as each pack comes with four cleaning brushes. To prevent chipped teeth or scalding your lips when drinking a steamy cup of coffee, the pack comes with twenty-four soft removable silicone tips in eight different colors.
The straws are made from the same food-grade stainless steel used to make our everyday utensils, making it safe for the whole family. They are also dishwasher safe and their bendy shape makes them easy to use.
Why we love them:
- They come in bulk with multiple cleaning brushes
- Ultra-durable stainless steel construction
- Colored silicone tips add a funky feel even as they protect your teeth from chipping and lips from scalding
- Excellent customer service
Durable, with food grade silicone tips. They are easy to clean as each pack comes with four cleaning brushes.
3. Flathead Silicone Straws
No they don’t have a flat head as the name suggests, but are they any good? The short answer is yes. The flathead silicone straws come in the regular size of the standard plastic straws. The extra length means you can cut them to size depending on where you intend to use them and these silicone ones are easy to cut using scissors, unlike steel straws.
To keep them clean, you can toss them in the dishwasher and use the included straw cleaning brush to scrape off the grime and dirt trapped in the straws. They also come with a pouch making them easily portable for picnics or barbecues at the park.
Also, the company donates some proceeds from its sales to companies dedicated to the conservation of our seas and oceans.
Why we love them:
- Dishwasher safe and easy to clean with a brush
- Strong social responsibility with donations to ocean conservation
- Straws come in different colors
- Have a carry pouch for easy portability
Other than the above, there are other alternatives to plastic straws including single use plant-based straws, glass straws, and paper straws. While all of these are great for the environment, not all are great for your pocket except the steel and silicone straws.
The single-use straws are, well, single use while the glass straws will break if you drop them. Paper straws, on the other hand, break down easily if left wet. So, the best value for money lies with steel and silicone straws.
Comes in the regular size of the standard plastic straws. Dishwasher safe and easy to clean.