Americans use between 170 million to 390 million plastic straws per day. That’s 63 billion to 142 billion straws a year. Though most straws are made of a recyclable plastic, they’re so lightweight and skinny that they slip through the recycling plant machines and end up as refuse. As such, many end up in the oceans, which seriously affects the safety and health of marine life, from fish to turtles to birds. Want to help ease the burden? Consider switching to reusable straws—not only are they more environmentally friendly, they can feel much nicer to use than plastic straws. They’re easy enough to travel with, come in an array of cool styles and colors, and won’t break the bank.
Normal And Bent
They travel easily with an included carrying pouch. Amazon
Grab a set of stainless steel straws, half in regular length (8.5 inches) and a half in an ultra-long (10.5 inches), bendy shape. The straws come in sleek black or silver, or Instagram-friendly gold or rainbow metallic. The straws are scratch proof and made of FDA-approved, food-grade stainless steel. These are dishwasher safe, but you can also clean them with the included brushes.
100 Percent Food-Grade
Grab a pack of these versatile, colorful picks. Amazon
These silicone straws are BPA-free and come in an array of pretty shades: two of each in blue, purple, pink, teal, and white in a 10-pack. Take them to go in the carrying bag and clean them with the cleaning brush. They’re 10 inches long, with a slight bend at seven inches, and they’re easy to trim down to the exact length to fit your finicky tumblers.
See What You Drink
They’re made of the same stuff as Pyrex kitchenware. Amazon
Borosilicate glass is the same durable, food-safe material that Pyrex uses in its kitchenware. Grab a set of four straws—they’ll look great in your smoothies, and be environmentally conscious to boot. They’re useful for hot or cold drinks, dishwasher safe, and come with a carrying case.
Throw It In Your Bag
You’ll barely even know you brought it with you. Amazon
Love the idea of reusable straws, but not sure how to use one day-to-day? Try this telescopic stainless steel straw that packs into a cute, colorful case (with an attachable keychain option). The straw is made out of food-grade stainless steel, and comes with a scrub brush. You can choose from silver or rainbow finishes, and a variety of metallic colors for the case. Multipacks are available, or just grab one to carry in your bag every day.