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10 Fun Things to Use Instead of Plastic Straws

Disney, Starbucks and the state of California have all decided to say “no thanks” to plastic straws. It’s Earth-friendly to skip the plastic straws at home, too!

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Steel strawAmazon / YIHONG

Stainless Steel

You don’t have to ban all straws—how about trading your plastic straws for this stainless steel set ($12)? The straws can be used—and reused!—for cold drinks in your tumbler, drinking glass or travel mug. Here’s why plastic straws are disappearing from restaurants.

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Hiware 500-Pack Biodegradable Bulk Paper Straws - 10 Different Colors Rainbow Stripe Paper Drinking Straws - Paper Straws for Juices, Shakes, Smoothies, Party Supplies DecorationsAmazon / Hiware

Paper Straws

For a disposable straw, paper is your best bet. Plastic straws aren’t recyclable—and won’t break down in a landfill—but paper straws like this are biodegradable. This set of paper drinking straws ($16) comes in a gorgeous rainbow of colors!

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Contigo AUTOSPOUT Straw Ashland Water Bottle, 24oz, SmokeAmazon / Contigo

Straw Water Bottle

Skip the straw altogether and use this Contigo water bottle ($30) with a pop-up straw. It’s leak-proof, too, which makes this a good option for anyone who loves to bring water to work or take a daily walk. Take your beverage up a notch with these infused water ideas.

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Jarware 82615 Drink Lid for Regular Mouth Mason Jars, OrangeAmazon / Jarware

Drinking Lid for Mason Jars

Turn a regular mouth Mason jar into an adorable on-the-go mug! This cute drink lid ($4) snaps open and closed so your morning cup of coffee won’t drip all over. It’s made from recycled materials and is dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. The design reminds us of the new lids at Starbucks.

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Reusable Plastic StrawsAmazon / Senfhome

Hard Plastic Drinking Straws

This set of hard plastic drinking straws ($5) doesn’t completely solve the plastic problem but they are durable and reusable. Like other straw sets, they come with a bristly brush that makes cleaning easy.

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Starbucks Cold Cup Venti 24 ozAmazon / Starbucks

Starbucks Venti Cold Cup

This Venti-sized tumbler ($24) holds 24oz. of Starbucks cold brew or any other tasty iced beverage. The reusable cup’s double wall construction helps keep your iced tea or coffee cool, and its reusable straw is hard to lose. By bringing in any personal cup to Starbucks, you qualify for a $.10 discount, too!

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YETI Rambler 30 oz Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Tumbler w/MagSlider LidAmazon / YETI

Yeti with Slide-Top Lid

The Yeti Rambler ($35) is definitely a splurge, but you may never buy another straw again. Yeti has a MagSlider lid that uses magnets to keep your water, coffee or soda locked in. The best thing about this cup might be that it can be used for hot or cold beverages.

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Soft Silicone StrawsAmazon / ALINK

Soft Silicone Straws

For anyone who has resisted using reusable straws because the glass or hard plastic hurts your teeth, this set of soft silicone straws ($7) is exactly what you need. They’re durable, flexible and can even be cut into different lengths so they fit your favorite cup perfectly.

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Glass StrawsAmazon / JimJim

Glass Straws

This set of glass straws ($7) looks so sleek! The straws come both bent and straight, so you can grab whatever style works best for your cup or mug. The straws are also transparent, so it’s easy to see whether they’re clean or not.

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Jumbo strawsAmazon / Softy Straws

Jumbo Straws

Each straw in this set ($11) is wider than a regular straw, which makes it ideal for smoothies and milkshakes. They’re made from silicone, so they’re soft and won’t chip your kiddo’s teeth. You can use the straws with a regular drinking glass or tumbler, or cut them down to size so they work for a toddler’s cup.

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Demitri's Bloody Mary Pepperoni Straws - 5 CountAmazon / Demitri's

Bonus: Pepperoni Straws

Here’s a straw that’s 100% environmentally friendly because there’s no waste—you’re going to eat the whole thing! This box of pepperoni straws ($13) is tasty, smoky and exactly what you need for a Bloody Mary during brunch.

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Lara Eucalano
Lara is a writer, editor and gardener who loves to cook almost as much as she loves to eat. She will absolutely hop on a plane in search of good food!

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