While there is not yet a blanket ban on single-use plastic straws, as an eco-conscious consumer, we strongly advise you to get ahead of the curve by investing in a durable, reusable alternative. You'll also please your dentist — most oral health pros recommend drinking sugary and fizzy beverages through a straw. Stainless steel-based metal straws are one way to go. These sleek options will easily slip into a bag or backpack, can be washed for literally unlimited uses, and are affordable.
Vehhe 4-Pack Stainless Steel Straws
This good-value 16-pack comes in offering eight 10.5-inch rainbow straight and bendy straws, eight 8.5-inch rainbow straight and bendy straws, and no less than four cleaning brushes. Ideal for anyone who likes to use straws for hot drinks, the colorful silicone tips not only protect your teeth from the stainless steel but also heat.
Yihong 8-Pack Stainless Steel Straws
These classic-looking 8.5-inchers are made from the standard 18/8 stainless steel and are made up of four curved and four straight drinking tubes. With a smooth finish, the ends of these straws are specially rounded for safe use, especially for children or the elderly. The metal material means they can go in the dishwasher, but brushes are bundled for extra cleaning.
Zerro 4-Pack Copper Straws
These 100% pure copper straws offer a chic alternative to tacky plastic in the form of four straight, elegant straws complete with a case. They boast rolled sipping ends, are completely odorless and aimed at the adult cocktail market, are said to enhance to the flavor of spirit-based cocktails. They can also be used for soft drinks — but not hot beverages, because... ouch!
Hiware 12-Pack Stainless Steel Straws
Made of food-grade 18/8 stainless steel, these reusable 8.5-inch and 10.5-inch straws come at you in a 12-pack, split between straight and bendy in a handy carry case. They are dishwasher friendly but do come complete with two cleaning brushes. Kids will like the multicolor sheen; you'll like the planet-saving good feeling you get inside using them.
Sungrace 4-Pack Stainless Steel Smoothie Straws
"But what about smoothies?" we hear you ask... these are a stainless steel four-pack of extra-wide straws especially designed for thicker drinks. Measuring a standard 8.5-inches in length, the straw's diameter is a generous 0.47-inches which should give you a good-sized face tube for smoothies, milkshakes, protein shakes, slushies, and more.
Suck it up
While many of us never considered the environmental havoc that was being played by the ubiquitous plastic straw, recent awareness efforts have made us all realize we need to up our game and invest in at least a standard pack of reusable straws, like the [simple four-pack from Vehhe, that will easily slip into a bag.
If you're the healthy type that likes to down a takeaway smoothie on your commute or lunch break, the wider diameter of the Sungrace option will suit your sippin' style.
We all know how much kids love using straws and families are well catered for with larger straw sets available to purchase, complete with teeth-friendly features, such as the practical and colorful Wiskema dozen pack.