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5 eco-friendly alternatives to plastic straws

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Georgina Wilson-Powell

1 October 2017

The world sips through 1 billion straws a day. Between the US and UK we get through over 550 million plastic drinking straws a day. 

Think about it, you use it for a few minutes supping a smoothie, sipping a cocktail or shoving in a can of drink. But straws suck. They take over 200 years to break down - and when they do, the tiny plastic microparticles end up everywhere from our food chain to our tap water. 

Ideally you'll stop sucking but if you can't here's our 5 best eco-friendly alternatives to plastic drinking straws.

Ideally you'll stop sucking but if you can't here's our 5 best eco-friendly alternatives to plastic drinking straws.

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Bamboo straws are biodegradable and ecofriendly alternatives to plastic

Bamboo straws

Bambaw sell their bamboo straws on Amazon. These are reusable, biodegradable drinking straws, handmade in Bali from whole bamboo, which is an easy to grow, sustainable crop. These eco-friendly straws can be used in hot and cold drinks and they don’t taste of anything. A cleaning brush comes with every set of 12.


Bambaw Straws

Metal straws are an ecofriendly alternative to plastic

Metal straws

Made Sustained sell a four pack of metal straws, two straight, two bendy and a handy cleaner. They’re made of stainless steel and dishwasher safe. While they won't biodegrade they will last a lifetime and are hardier if you're putting together a zero waste on the go kit for your bag.


Glass straws are recyclable and non-toxic and a better alternative to plastic straws

Glass straws

Strawsome make amazing glass straws that come in all colours. They are completely non-toxic and are extremely hard wearing. You can chuck them in the dishwasher with no problem. Strawsome even sell straws with whales and turtles on them, and donate a percentage of each sale to marine conservation charities. Oh and they all come with a lifetime guarantee.


Biodegradable paper straws make a good alternative to plastic

Paper straws

Kikkerland make every type of colour and pattern of paper straw you can think of, which makes a cheap and planet friendly alternative to plastic straws at a party, or for kids. The inks are soy based and food safe, the paper is biodegradable and coated with beeswax.


Silicone straws are better than disposable plastic straws

Silicone straws

Pick up silicone straws from Buy Me Once. Seraphina’s Kitchen make reusable coloured straws from silicone, we like the pastel colours. They’re all BPA free, lead and phthalates free and again you can clean them with the brush that comes with each pack or put them in the dishwasher.


Bamboo straws are biodegradable and ecofriendly alternatives to plastic

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Bamboo straws

Bambaw sell their bamboo straws on Amazon. These are reusable, biodegradable drinking straws, handmade in Bali from whole bamboo, which is an easy to grow, sustainable crop. These eco-friendly straws can be used in hot and cold drinks and they don’t taste of anything. A cleaning brush comes with every set of 12.


Bambaw Straws
Metal straws are an ecofriendly alternative to plastic

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Metal straws

Made Sustained sell a four pack of metal straws, two straight, two bendy and a handy cleaner. They’re made of stainless steel and dishwasher safe. While they won't biodegrade they will last a lifetime and are hardier if you're putting together a zero waste on the go kit for your bag.


Glass straws are recyclable and non-toxic and a better alternative to plastic straws

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Glass straws

Strawsome make amazing glass straws that come in all colours. They are completely non-toxic and are extremely hard wearing. You can chuck them in the dishwasher with no problem. Strawsome even sell straws with whales and turtles on them, and donate a percentage of each sale to marine conservation charities. Oh and they all come with a lifetime guarantee.


Biodegradable paper straws make a good alternative to plastic

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Paper straws

Kikkerland make every type of colour and pattern of paper straw you can think of, which makes a cheap and planet friendly alternative to plastic straws at a party, or for kids. The inks are soy based and food safe, the paper is biodegradable and coated with beeswax.


Silicone straws are better than disposable plastic straws

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Silicone straws

Pick up silicone straws from Buy Me Once. Seraphina’s Kitchen make reusable coloured straws from silicone, we like the pastel colours. They’re all BPA free, lead and phthalates free and again you can clean them with the brush that comes with each pack or put them in the dishwasher.


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