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Benefits of Reusable Stainless Steel Straws

Intro

In the past couple of years, a diverse group of industries with highly recognizable brand names such as Starbucks, Disney, Hyatt, American Airlines, Royal Caribbean and SeaWorld Entertainment really started to feel the heat of the environmental damage they have been contributing to by providing customers with plastic straws.

Finally, they decided to take strides in eliminating plastic straws where they can. In turn, large restaurants and cafe chains as well as smaller businesses followed suit. Whether they were influenced by big brand names of felt the pressure from state legislation, this seems great, but somehow it opened up another can of worms.

When people are faced with changing bad habits they often replace the old habit with something new. Starbucks for instance, replaced the plastic straw with a sippy cup type lid. Other companies are opting for paper straws. The problem here is we are still creating more waste, just in a different form. Additionally, we are creating new hazardous pollutants to our environment when not disposed properly. Wasn’t the point to avoid this all together?

Finally, what you came here to read in the first place here are the Benefits of Reusable Stainless Steel Straws

  1. Truly Eliminates Waste

As I mentioned in the introduction, everyone has been trying to find a unique solution to one up the competition on who is being more forward thinking and environmentally friendly. As a result, Starbucks is making more plastic by redesigning the lids they use while others are increasing the amount of paper they use. By providing a stainless steel alternative, or by stetting the expectation that the customer needs to bring one themself, we will reduce landfill waste significantly as well as ocean pollutants.   

      2. More Sanitary

Many people argue why do we even need to use straws at all. They may say drink from the cup that your liquid is already in. I have two answers to that. Some people who have certain disabilities or illnesses need straws so we can’t eliminate them entirely for this reason. Second, the world is soon to change dramatically since the global pandemic otherwise known as COVID-19. Infections such as this can spread from any sort of person to person contact. Bringing your own straw that you know is sanitized and has only been used by you, can eliminate this fear people are soon going to have when things return back to “normal”. 

      3. Easy to clean

Stainless steel is easy to clean. You can clean them with a cleaning brush or pop them directly into the dishwasher. Stainless steel does not rust and is a very durable metal. Unlike glass alternatives you can also find online, stainless steel is true quality and will last you for ages due to the durable material of the metal straws.

     4. Budget friendly

Fortunately, stainless steel is a cheap metal. Which means the cost to you will be very budget friendly. Whether you are purchasing for yourself, your family or for a party these won’t break the bank and even better you can reuse them for many years. This makes stainless steel straws a one time investment.

    5. Whiter Smile

For the longest time I remember my dentist telling me whenever I was drinking a liquid that had a color to it to try and drink it though a straw. You can still keep your smile pearly white when using a stainless steel option when trying to keep your teeth nice and bright. If you have very sensitive teeth or you just want to take that extra precaution you can add a silicone tip to your straw. 

    6. Travel Friendly

Stainless steel straws are very portable. You can find stainless steel collapsible options where they can fold right into your pocket. Or you can use biodegradable wooden holders. Often times that come in a travel pouch which allows you to travel with more than one at a time. This could be helpful when traveling with a companion or you plan on drinking more than one type of beverage in an outing so you don’t have to worry about washing it before you get home.

In summation

There are many benefits of stainless steel straws. Finding what resinates with you best is all that matters when making a change for a better tomorrow. Once you start making the change yourself, you can share your changed habit with your friends and family and hopefully start a chain reaction. Click here to purchase your metal straws today

Additional Thoughts

Conversely, the companies and restaurants who eliminated the plastic seem to get all the glory. We have so many people to thank for their hard work paying off which we will link here

To a lot of people, it seemed like this changed happened overnight. Like most success stories, you only hear about them after years of hard and consistent efforts being made.

Many groups and organizations rely on the everyday person supporting them. Whether you are making monetary donations, spreading word, or volunteering no act of activism is too small.

Besides the war against plastic, if you want to learn more about ocean pollution and protecting marine life, visit International Fund for Animal Welfare to see how you can help them carry out their missions.

  

Image: Photo by Reinaldo Kevin on Unsplash

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