This article is going to cover the reason why plastic straws are bad, Plastic straw alternatives, Metal drinking straws, Reusable metal straws, Where you can purchase metal straws as well as where you can purchase cheap biodegradable straws.

Plastic Fantastic

I have previously written about plastic bags and the reason why plastic should not be something frequently used. You can find that article here – Is Global Warming A Scam – , but what is the fuzz about plastic straws? I am fairly sure that most of us have seen the video with the turtle who has a straw stuck in it´s nose.If you have not seen the video you can follow the link here to view it.This is heartbreaking. Imagine the pain this little turtle must have gone through.

The fact is that out of the 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic that has been produced only a mere 9% is actually recycled. This means that the rest of it is accumulating as waste somewhere on our planet.  Researchers have come to the conclusion that there is a staggering 437 million to 8.3 billion plastic straws are on the entire world’s coastlines. One straw times 7.53 billion people, and we are still not up there. Straws cause a lot of damage to our environment and to the animals who accidentally digest them. They will end up in severe pain and frequently die from the harm it causes them.

Reusable Metal Straws

Metal drinking straws ; These bad boys can first of all be reused. No need to purchase plastic straws that will end up causing harm to our planet.
They have been made out of stainless steel which means that they are perfectly safe to use. Plastic however contains toxins that can enter your body when you use it. The metal straws are more eco-friendly than your average single use plastic straw which carries a heavy load for our planet both when being made, non-recycled and recycled.
The metal straws are recyclable they are however not, bio-degradable. So please do not let them end up in our beautiful nature, in our oceans or in our animals.

Where can I purchase metal straws?
These metal straws can be purchased from ebay. They come either in a pack of 8 with 2 cleaning brushes. However, since being stainless steel  they are dishwasher friendly. The straws are only $7.98 with included shipping from ebay.
If you want to read more about this product just follow the link below.
Stainless steel drinking straws.

Biodegradable Drinking Straws

There are plenty of options here. Most of the straws will be made out of either paper, bamboo or wheat and they are ALL biodegradable. Which means that if they would end up in nature they will biodegrade. Perfect! I will list one in each category, my favorites, and you can decide for yourself which one is your favorite.

The first one is a wheat biodegradable and eco-friendly straws. This is the bulk pack version. It is exactly what it sounds like the straws are made out of wheat. They are however not recommended with smoothies.This pack contains 2000 what a wheat eco-friendly straws for $128 including shipping from ebay.
If you want to read more about this product or is interested in purchasing then please follow the link.
What a wheat eco friendly straws 2000pc bulk buy

If you are interested in a smaller amount there is a package available from amazon for $27.50 excluding shipping.
However 2000 straws would probably be cheaper from amazon.
If this sounds better then you can read more about that here.
What a wheat eco friendly straws 500 pc.
Did I mention that they are all vegan?

This would be your party straw. It is made by paper.
Is 100% recyclable and eco-friendly.
The product can be found on both ebay and amazon.
On ebay this product is $24.79 with shipping and on amazon it is $18.99 without shipping. However on amazon you do get free shipping on orders over $49. So it might be worth looking into.
Ebay-> Heavy Duty Paper Straws 200 Bulk
Amazon -> Heavy Duty Paper Straws 200 Bulk

 

 

 

Last but not least are the Bamboo straws, which are exactly what they sound like. Drinking straws made out of bamboo. Whit makes them completely biodegradable. A great alternative to plastic.
The straws can be reused, but like with any item, you should always follow the care instructions to get the longest life possible for your products.
They are a little bit more expensive per straw then the other alternatives but they are on the other hand reusable. These are also available on both amazon and ebay but the cheapest alternative I was able to find is from ebay; $5.18 including shipping.

10pcs Bamboo Drinking Straws Reusable Eco-Friendly

 

Conclusion

With the amount of waste that ends up in nature it is important that we do the most we can to see to that what we are using are environmentally friendly and also biodegradable. We are all guilty and we all play a part in the state of our planet. All our choices have consequences and the sooner we all start taking responsibility for our part the better. Such a small thing  like purchasing a different straw can have a major effect on our plastic waste. In the U.S. there is approximately 500 billion plastic straws that are being used each day! How much of that do you believe get´s recycled?

You do not need a plastic straw, bring your own metal or biodegradable straw or just drink out of the cup. It is not any more difficult than drinking straight out of the glass.

Thank you for reading. If you have any questions or comments please drop them down below and I will get back to you.