England just enforced its ban on all single-use plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds.
Here are a couple eco friendly straws to use instead.
Why plastic straws are a problem?
It’s also easy to say a straw ban isn’t enough to make an effective dent in eliminating single use plastic waste.
You’re absolutely right!
BUT, it’s a great step forward in the right direction.
The New York Times says Americans use half a billion plastic straws a day. That’s an estimated 180 BILLION straws thrown away in one year. Again, BILLIONS!
It’s unnecessary. They all add up.
Now, there is some concern about a plastic ban from the differently abled community. Straws are necessary tools in their case.
It’s 100% OK if they NEED to use the straws due to mobility issues, etc. It’s also 100% OK for hospital patients to use plastic straws.
Would you want a nurse giving you a washed, reusable straw in the hospital?
It’s fine if the straw can help someone who truly needs it.
What’s NOT OK is abled bodied people using single use plastic straws way too often – especially when they can use environmentally friendly options without issue.
Try reusable, eco friendly straws instead. Paper, glass, stainless steel and silicone straws are all good choices.
Eco Friendly Straws
I’m always biased to glass. It is the best food-safe material out there. And that’s important when it comes to eco friendly straws.
These are made with borosilicate glass which makes it less likely to shatter. They can also be used with both hot and cold drinks.
You get four straws here with a cleaning brush. And the packaging is paper based. So, these are almost zero waste reusable straws.
I say almost because the cleaning brush has nylon bristles. And, from my post on eco friendly toothbrushes, you’ll know nylon is plastic! So, the set is not perfectly plastic-free.
When you’re done with the straws, recycle the glass.
These are all natural, biodegradable bamboo straws. There are three sizes of straws too so you can use them with different glasses and cups. There are 12 straws in total – the thickness, color and sizes can vary slightly since you’re dealing with a natural product.
You also get a cleaning brush to make sure you keep the straws squeaky clean and dust-free. Since they’re wooden, be sure to keep them dry between use.
They can be used with both hot and cold drinks.
These straws are wonderful and flexible. They’re made with food grade, BPA-free silicone and are dishwasher safe. Use them with hot and cold drinks.
You’ll get 10 straws and a cleaning brush with this set but it does come in some plastic packaging.
Washing straws can be a task even with the cleaning brush. So, these snap straws are so helpful. As their name tells us, the straws snap open so you can easily clean the inside and prevent any mold build up in there.
You get eight silicone straws with this set and NO plastic packaging. It’s all cardboard here.
They’re great for all types of drinks.
These stainless steel straws will last for many, many years. They are non-toxic and not likely to rust. But, like all metal, they’ll heat up when added to hot drinks – be careful!
They come with six straight straws, six bent ones and two cleaning brushes. So, you can easily keep straws in the car, in your purse, at the office, anywhere.
They are recyclable when you’re done with them.
Note, the straws come in thin plastic and cardboard packaging.
With these collapsible straws, there is no excuse for grabbing a single use plastic one when you’re on the go.
These are reusable stainless steel straws that have a telescopic design and come with a case, keychain and carabiner. Hang them on your bag or your keys so you’ll always have eco friendly straws whenever you need them.
Note, although the packaging is paper based, there’s an internal plastic separator in there. So, the packaging isn’t perfectly zero waste.
Paper makes great eco friendly straws. These are thick, food safe kraft paper straws that are biodegradable!
They are not toxic and don’t come with plastic packaging! They’re perfect for cold drinks but stand up well in hot drinks too.
Get yours today.
It’s time to turn it over to you.
Are you happy with England’s ban on single use plastic straws? Are you using these plastic-free alternatives? I’d love to hear your thoughts.