Bans on disposable plastic straws are continuing to stretch into more states and countries. According to a study done by Better Alternatives Now, 500 million plastic straws are used each day and many of those straws are ending up in oceans where they are having a negative impact on wildlife. Major US companies like American Airlines and Bon Appétit are banning disposable straws, with cities in Canada, Scotland and China following suit. While the outright banning of disposable straws has some major negative impacts, especially when it comes to their use in the disabled community, those who are able to use reusable straws should do so for a number of reasons.
Switching from disposable to reusable items almost always has a positive impact on the environment. Less plastic means less energy going into making the product and disposing of the product. Reusable straws are also more comfortable to use as they retain their shape and they often encourage carrying a reusable tumbler, which cuts down on paper and plastic cups in landfills as well.
If you like to use straws at home, buying one pack of reusable straws is much more financially responsible than continually buying disposable straws. Reusable straws are also better for your health, as the straws we’ve included on our list are BPA-free, unlike most disposable plastic. We’ve also focused on reusable plastic straws, as reusable metal straws can pose the threat of injury.
If you’re ready and able to make the switch to reusable straws, check out three of our favorite options.
1. Flathead Products Regular Size Reusable Silicone Drinking Straws
Take your reusable straws with you wherever you go thanks to the convenient carrying bag included in the pack of 10 Flathead Products Regular Size Reusable Silicone Drinking Straws. The high quality silicone straws are made BPA-free and are compatible with 20 oz and 30 oz tumlers.
Pros: The highly rated straws are easy to clean. They can either be placed in the dishwasher or cleaned using the cleaning brush included.
Cons: The brush cleaner is shorter than the straws and has to be inserted on either end to fully clean the straws.
2. Hiware Reusable Silicone Drinking Straws
Customize your Hiware Reusable Silicone Drinking Straws to any drink thanks to the BPA-free straw’s extended length of 10″, which can be trimmed easily with scissors to fit any cup. The Hiware straws are dishwasher safe and long enough to fit in 20 oz or 30 oz tumblers.
Pros: The Hiware is great for use in large groups because each straw is a different color, making it easy to identify individual drinks. We also like that the straws have a wide 0.35″ inner diameter, which makes them perfect for thicker drinks, like protein shakes.
Cons: The Hiware is priced around the same as the Flathead straws and comes with one extra cleaner, but only includes eight straws compared to the Flatheads’ 10. This set also doesn’t come with a carrying case.
3. AMZSockets Reusable Plastic Straws
Give everyone in your group a reusable straw with the affordable AMZSockets Reusable Plastic Straws, which come in a pack of 25. Perfect for large gatherings or when you don’t want to continually wash the same straw, the AMZSockets are BPA free and non-toxic and come in eight colors for easy identification.
Pros: The AMZSockets are dishwasher safe and come with cleaners.
Cons: The AMZSockets are 0.3″ in diameter and 9″ long, making them smaller than the first two options and only suitable for 20 oz tumblers and not 30 oz tumblers. Unlike the first two options, the AMZSockets are made with hard plastic and can’t be cut.