Don’t forget, it’s Pennywise Platter Thursday tomorrow!
I’ve become more and more concerned with plastics, and everywhere I turn, it’s there! We are truly over run with plastics. Not only are there health concerns with plastic, but they really are terrible for our environment too. Plastic bags can kill marine life, it stays in the environment for a very long time (if not forever), and it’s just plain ugly to see plastic trash all of the roadside.
But it’s really quite hard to avoid! My goal is reduce our plastic waste and along the way I hope to bring reviews of plastic free alternatives and updates on my progress.
And what better place to start then with our straws! We like having smoothies for breakfast (when we aren’t having oatmeal or eggs), and we have been thoughtlessly buying plastic straws for them. It was time for them to go. Today, I would like to bring you two plastic free alternatives that we all love!
I find that having plastic free straws are important with toddlers because they just love straws, and who wants to have them sucking on plastic every morning?
Paper Straws: What straws were before plastic took over the world
My mother said that growing up she had straws just like these. They are completely biodegradable (unlike their plastic counterparts). I was curious to see how they would work, though. Paper sounded a little flimsy. I was actually surprised to find that they were quite thick and sturdy and that they didn’t immediately fall part in liquid. They actually lasted quite well! The only problem was smoothies. You see we make our smoothies very thick with frozen fruit and we have to suck so hard on the straws that they couldn’t quite handle the pressure and started collapsing. But it works really well for most drinks, like iced coffee.
These are quite frugal to buy, at only three dollars a box, but unfortunately I have to buy them online which means shipping. I bought three boxes to make the shipping not so unreasonable per box and that helped.
The place I bought mine doesn’t carry them anymore, but there are several other places including this one who sell them still.
Glass Straws: Everything Wonderful in a Straw
And now my favorite choice. Handmade, USA made, beautiful glass straws. These are amazing! When I mentioned to my family that I was getting glass straws, they thought I was a little crazy! It sounded so…….breakable. But I can assure you that even I was surprised at how sturdy these glass straws are. They really are quite thick, especially the larger sizes. Here is information from Glass Dharma about why they are so strong.
* Made of borosilicate tubing and is the strongest glass commercially available.
Means that we have spared no expense in bringing you the strongest, most durable drinking straw possible.
* Annealed to Corning, Inc. specifications (a process that strengthens the glass).
So you can have confidence you are purchasing the highest quality glass straws available.
Not only that, but they have a lifetime guarantee against breakage too (if you manage to break yours, they will replace it for free). Pretty good, eh?
The other thing I was concerned with was cleaning them, but that proved to be a cinch with the specially made (and cheap-to-buy) brushes he sells to clean them with.
The first time Elena got to use hers, she was thrilled! She liked the 7 inch small straw with dots on it (pictured on the top of this article). It’s just her size, so we decided that that would be her straw.
Overall, I do think I like the thinner straws better, for mouth feel. But that’s just personal preference. Hey, he even has a straw with a bend in it! Just like plastic straws. How fun is that?
What I most appreciate about the glass straws, besides their artistic value, is the fact that they aren’t disposable. We throw so many things away in our culture. It’s nice to have something more permanent. I also just love that I can actually get something made in the USA! It’s so very rare to be able to buy a product that’s not made in China. And this is one of those rare opportunities.
The one rule we have made in our household with glass straws is that they must be used at the table! It’s not that we are worried about them breaking, but it’s a bad idea to let a toddler run around with a hard object in her mouth.
To buy these beauties, go here.
I don’t think we are going to miss plastic straws at all! Between our paper and glass straws, I think we are well set!
What do you think? Would you be willing to give up plastic straws? Have any “going plastic free” tips?