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8+ Best Sustainable Straw Alternatives

Updated: Jul 4

Plastic straws have been with us for several decades now, and we have seen more than one photo of marine animals having stuck those straws in the various parts of their bodies. Regrettably, some research shows that more than one billion straws are used and disposed of every day. Imagine what harm this does to animal life and the environment at large.

To avoid such, the manufacturers offer us fantastic alternatives for plastic straws, which can be used many times, some of them even almost forever. Read on to find out more.

World Centric Kraft Paper Compostable Straws

These compostable paper straws enable you to make the switch from single-use plastic straws. They are made from 100% FSC® certified paper from responsibly managed forests and are commercially compostable, and will break down in about six months. Perfect for cold drinks, these eco-friendly straws are durable, BPA-free, non-toxic, gluten-free, vegan, and corn allergy safe.

Sustainable Straw Alternatives

FinalStraw Collapsible Travel Straw 2.0

FinalStraw 2.0 is the world's first reusable, collapsible straw that raised over $1.8 million on Kickstarter. This straw is a convenient, durable alternative to single-use plastic straws, thanks to stainless steel and food-grade silicone, not wasteful plastic. The patented self-assembling foldable design lets you tuck the straw into its recycled carrying case with ease. Also, it comes with an innovative telescoping cleaning brush made from stainless steel for when it is time to clean the straw. The straw is dishwasher safe as well. Moreover, the case features a keychain clip, so you never have to worry about forgetting your straw.

Testing shows the FinalStraw can be used for roughly 12,000 cycles–which is about 2 uses a day for 16 years!

Sustainable Straw Alternatives

Organic Bamboo Straws

Make the sustainable swap with Bamboo's Natural Bamboo Straws, artisan-made in Northeast India, from whole bamboo stalks. As a fun and eco-friendly alternative to plastic straws, these natural and reusable straws can last you for many years when properly cared for. At their end of life, they can be commercially composted to reduce landfill waste further. Cleaning is straightforward: rinse with warm water and soap, or clean with a straw cleaning brush. Moreover, the straws are shipped in packaging made from recycled content, and the packaging is recyclable.

Sustainable Straw Alternatives

TI-STRAW: Anti-bacterial & Eco-Friendly Pure Titanium Straws

Ti-Straw is a pure Titanium straw set in 3 finishes with a handy bamboo case (Titanium finish, Gradient finish, Cosmic finish).

Pure Titanium provides anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic properties: When your Ti-Straws are exposed to the environment, a microscopic layer of titanium atoms interacts with oxygen to create a nano-coating of titanium dioxide. Titanium dioxide coatings significantly inhibit bacterial growth. Compared to other metals like stainless steel, a significant reduction in residual bacteria remains on the surface. The Ti-Straw was designed to reduce plastic waste and last forever! In addition, a titanium body and bamboo holder have been selected to eliminate the use of plastic!

Sustainable Straw Alternatives

Sustainable Straw Alternatives

Stainless steel straws

Personalized smoothie or milkshake stainless steel, metal, eco-friendly straw, with free engraving, is an excellent idea for a gift for a special occasion. Available in rose gold/copper, silver, and rainbow options.

Due to the method used to color the straws, slight color variants are possible in the different batches. However, this is still 100% food-safe and dishwasher-proof. Moreover, due to the manufacturing process for coloring the straws, the color may fade with extended use in the dishwasher or when exposed to carbonated drinks for prolonged periods. Therefore, always give the straw a quick rinse after use to keep the colors vibrant.

Sustainable Straw Alternatives

Decorated glass straws

Decorated glass straws are ideal for short tumblers/balloon glasses having a decorative cluster of colored dots.

The straws are made from durable borosilicate glass, the same glass used in cookware. The straws are dishwasher and microwave safe and resistant to temperature changes, making them suitable for hot or cold drinks.

The straws are available in many colors (reactive purple, reactive blue, red, lemon, slyme, blue slyme, pink slyme, sea slyme, cobalt, green, orange, lilac, black, white, grey, dark cobalt, UV reactive pink, UV reactive blue, and UV reactive green) so you can choose the straw in accordance with your liking.

To ensure a smooth finish, both ends of the straw are polished in the flame. Moreover, the straws are annealed in a digitally controlled kiln to ensure maximum durability. Borosilicate glass is inert, so no chemicals will leech into your beverage, unlike some other materials used for straws.

It is worth mentioning that while borosilicate glass is tougher than regular glass, it is still glass, and some care must be taken while using it, also, is not recommended for children.

Furthermore, you should always inspect your glass straws before every use. Stop using them ff there are any signs of chipping or cracking. The straws are very easy to clean; rinse with clean, warm water. No brush required. Borosilicate glass is dishwasher safe.

With proper care and storage, these straws can last you a lifetime.

Sustainable Straw Alternatives

Cocktail Wheat Straws

These gluten-free Cocktail Wheat Straws are sustainably made from reclaimed grain harvesting material using a simple "cut, wash & bake" sterilization process. This turns leftover wheat stems into single-use, zero waste straws.

No additional resources are required for producing or composting this product while ensuring minimum upstream and downstream waste.

They are perfect for those that are not into reusable straws that require regular cleaning or the disposable paper alternatives that get soft and soggy within seconds. Cocktail Wheat Straw is tough enough to be used for several drinks all day, and it is sustainably made to be thrown away after this, just like traditional plastic straws.

But instead of taking centuries to decompose, these straws can go from the ground to your drink and safely back to the ground in just a few months.

So, say goodbye to single-use, disposable straws and say hello to single-use, disposable straws! You can use them for both hot and cold drinks, and they are home compostable–commercial composting is not required.

Sustainable Straw Alternatives

Stainless Steel Straw with Black Silicone Tip

This plastic-free stainless steel and silicone straw is a solution to disposable plastic straws and pairs well with our range of reusable cups! So whether you are drinking smoothies, pressed juice, or iced coffee, they make sipping safe and easy.

They are made with high-quality 18/8 stainless steel with a safe, food-grade, removable silicone flex tip—no more plastic—just your favorite drinks on the go.

Sustainable Straw Alternatives

With so many available alternatives out there, there is absolutely no need to keep using single-use plastic straws!

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