There’s no sugar-coating it: plastic straws are bad for the environment. They pollute waterways, get eaten by wildlife, and take tens of years to decompose. Thankfully, there are plenty of alternatives for drinking straws out there! But between glass, bamboo, silicone, or stainless steel, how are you meant to choose which to go for?
We’ve outlined eight reasons why we think using a stainless steel straw is the best straw alternative for you as well as the environment. They’re more durable, more economical, and a safe and convenient option. Read on to find out more!
Stainless steel straws are one of the safest and most convenient options for straws. The metal won’t split, splinter or shatter and will last you for years to come. It also doesn’t harbour bacteria like other materials can so are one of the most sanitary options as well.
Cleaning your metal reusable straws is easy which makes their upkeep minimal. Simply use the straw cleaner provided in your pack with a little soap and water to scrub the insides and remove any trace of your last drink. If it becomes stained, you can easily remove any staining with some simple methods such as vinegar and baking soda.
Unlike other materials which can cause your water to taste unpleasant or absorb flavors of other drinks only for them to seep into your water, stainless steel won’t leave a bad taste in your mouth. Instead, there won’t be any interference with your taste buds, letting you enjoy your water, juice, or iced coffee to the fullest!
A metal reusable straw is just that - reusable! It’s also durable and hard-wearing so you can rely on it for years to come. Unlike other materials such as glass, plastic or natural fibres, stainless steel won’t crack or become damaged as easily which means you won’t have to replace it for many years. This leads
Because you’re replacing it less often, you’ll end up spending less in the long run. Rebuying multiple packs of plastic, silicone, or natural straws can quickly add up and these types of straws may need to be replaced more frequently, meaning you end up spending more in the long run. Although the initial investment of stainless steel straws may be higher, in the end you’ll save money!
By cutting down on the single-use plastic straws and opting for a stainless steel straw instead, you’re creating less waste and doing your bit for the planet. Keeping garbage out of landfills is important for the health of the planet and by using and reusing your straw, you can help save 1.6 straws per day from going to waste.
7. The Eco-friendly option
As well as staying out of landfill, there are other reasons why stainless steel is the more eco-friendly straw choice. Firstly, they take less energy to manufacture than other options and where they can take more energy, the longevity of their lives offsets the initial energy output. When they reach the end of their life and need replacing, stainless steel straws can easily be recycled, potentially going on to be made into something else!
8. Adds a touch of elegance
While silicone or plastic straws are good for children and kids parties, stainless steel straws exude a much more elegant feel. They’re great for bringing out at dinner parties and events for the perfect touch of adult flair.
How could you resist buying a set of stainless steel straws now? Our set comes with multiple different lengths included, ideal for any sized glass or cup, and also includes a straw cleaner for convenient sanitizing. Don’t forget to check out our blog post on how to clean stainless steel straws as well to make the most of your new set!
Never miss your cue to hydrate with Greens Steel's stainless steel straws