Over the past quarter century, plastic straws have routinely been one of the top 10 items found on beaches around the world.
And not only do plastic straws either end up in our landfills or waterways, the plastic itself is a problem. Plastic does not biodegrade, it photodegrades, which means it breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces of toxic plastic that wreak the environment.
What Can You Do?
Avoid using disposable straws, because although most plastic straws could be recycled, most straws do not get recycled.
For those of you who can’t live without a straw in your drink, here are some better options:
Stainless steel straws:
Stainless steel straws are made from medical-grade stainless steel, which is non-corrosive and non-reactive so the straws will not absorb flavors or odors. These straws can be used over and over again and can be found at a number of retailers.
Glass straws are beautiful and do not leach toxins into your food as you drink (which is another complaint about disposable plastic straws).
Although this option is still a single-use product, there are times when you need a straw for a large group like a birthday party or other event. Restaurants, hospitals and other services industries, the main buyers of plastic straws and will be forced to look for more sustainable, eco-friendly options.
For example: Aadvark paper straws were introduced in 2007, and are the only paper straws on the market with 100 percent FDA food-grade approved, biodegradable and compostable.
Bamboo straws are sustainable, reusable and biodegradable. They are made without inks and dyes; they are also durable and beautiful. (they are little more expensie though)
Which once do you like best? I like the stainless steel straw.. who wouldnt want an orange collin served with this adorable straw?