In the last 30 years, the Ocean Conservancy’s volunteers have collected over 9 million straws and stirrers during their beach cleanups and more continue to make their way into our environment. These types of marine debris pose a significant threat to ocean life including sea turtles, fish and albatross.
Here are 5 alternatives to plastic straws that are better for the environment.
1. The “Just Say NO” Option.
Make your commitment to skipping the plastic straw and announce your support for a clean ocean by taking the Ocean Conservancy’s Skip the Straw Pledge.
“…commit to skipping the straw and add your voice to the sea of people taking a stand for the ocean. Sign the pledge now and when offered a straw, simply say “no thanks.”’ It is a small step that goes a long way for ocean health. ”
– The Ocean Conservancy
2. The “Sturdy, Convenient and Rainbow” Option.
This collapsible straw folds down into a cute little keychain case that you can take with you everywhere. It also comes in a variety of colors, like Rainbow Shark-Butt Grey (pictured) that will make all your friends swoon.
3. The “Biodegradable, Organic AND Panda-friendly” option.
Bamboo is an incredibly durable and clean plant-based option. This option from Bambaw Straws claims that their products are made from organic bamboo harvested far away from pandas from abundant, fast-growing bamboo plantations. They come in a variety of sizes and the company also provides you with a user manual with your purchase. You know, just in case you forget how to use a straw…
4. The “Perfect for Adult and/or Kid Parties” Option
If you’re hosting a party but don’t want to spend an arm and a leg making sure that your guests have a stainless steel vessel to consume their bevvys. These sugarcane straws are 100% plant-based, biodegradable and won’t disintegrate in your mouth after 2 sips like the paper versions.
They are made with the sugarcane fiber so they are durable and therefore not edible. You can certainly try eating them but you may be at it for a while (let me know how that goes). A single pack of 50 individually wrapped straws goes for just $6.99 on Amazon which makes them an affordable addition to your next bash.
5. The “Sip Now, Cook Later” Option.
These multi-function straws are made from 100% Durum Wheat Semolina which not only makes them an excellent alternative to plastic straws, but makes them edible. They come in 2 different sizes, thick (pictured below) and thin. A word of caution though – they only last for about an hour before they start to become, well, a wet noodle. Once you’re done drinking, just rinse, boil and add some sauce for an all-natural environmentally friendly meal.