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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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.