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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!
Amazon / YIHONG
You don’t have to ban all straws—how about trading your plastic straws for this stainless steel set ($9)? The straws can be used—and reused!—for cold drinks in your tumbler, drinking glass or travel mug.
Amazon / Hiware
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 ($10) comes in a gorgeous rainbow of colors!
Amazon / Contigo
Straw Water Bottle
Skip the straw altogether and use this Contigo water bottle ($10) 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.
Amazon / Jarware
Drinking Lid for Mason Jars
Turn a regular mouth Mason jar into an adorable on-the-go mug! This cute drink lid ($6) 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.
Amazon / Senfhome
Hard Plastic Drinking Straws
This set of hard plastic drinking straws ($7) 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.
Amazon / 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!
Amazon / 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.
Amazon / 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 ($8) is exactly what you need. They’re durable, flexible and can even be cut into different lengths so they fit your favorite cup perfectly.
Amazon / Softy 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.
Amazon / 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 ($8) is tasty, smoky and exactly what you need for a Bloody Mary during brunch.
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