We've found the best reusable straws so you can make the switch today and be ready when the ban on plastic straws comes in.
Reusable Drinking Straws
Reusable drinking straws are an easy step to make in your journey towards a more eco-friendly lifestyle. You still get all the fun, you protect your teeth from sugary drinks, and you're potentially saving thousands of plastic or paper straws from the bin. They are perfect to use at home or take in your bag when you go out, and the Klean Kanteen multi coloured pack are great for parties or just making sure each member of the family can have their own.
In October 2018 the UK government announced it's plans to ban the sale and distribution of single-use plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds. With the ban set to kick in between October 2019 and October 2020 there's no better time to make the switch to a more environmentally friendly alternative of reusable straws.
There are already many types of reusable drinking straw readily available to replace single-use plastic, with the most popular being stainless steel, bamboo, silicone, and glass straws. All of these options are both practical and sustainable, and made from BPA free, food safe materials.
Reusable steel drinking straws are the most readily available and the most practical for most people. Stainless steel drinking straws are easy to clean in the dishwasher or with the help of a cleaning brush, indestructible, and with the Klean Kanteen addition of soft silicone tip they are perfect for hot or cold drinks.
Our drinking straw sets all come with a specially designed cleaning brush to keep them sparkling and fresh. U-Konserve cleaning brushes can be bought separately if you need a replacement.
Klean Kanteen do a pack with a lid that fits their insulated tumblers and steel party cups making it even easier to enjoy hot cold drinks at home or on the go. And the U-Konserve Mini Straws are the perfect size to enjoy a nice cold drink with their tumblers.
Bamboo is a fast-growing plant that can be used to make anything from socks and blankets to kitchen counters and utensils. And obviously, the long, hollow shape makes it perfect for sipping through, A bamboo reusable straw is about as eco-friendly as it gets. Hand-made from a single piece of air-dried bamboo they are not only reusable but fully biodegradable. We think they're perfect for summer parties and BBQ's.
A silicone reusable straw or one with a silicone tip is a great option for children. Silicone is much softer than steel and more durable than bamboo or glass straws. Plus they are easy to clean, dishwasher safe and can be cut to size if you need shorter drinking straws.
Go Green & Save Money Today with our other eco-friendly switches:
- Buy a refillable water bottle. We stock so many sizes, colours and styles so you can find the perfect refillable bottle for every member of the family. Whether they are 8 months or 80.
- Get a travel cup! If you drink tea or coffee then an insulated travel cup will not only save hundreds of coffee cups from landfill but it will save you money and keep your coffee hot for longer. Win Win!!
- Switch to food wraps. Cling film and bulky lunch boxes are a thing of the past when you discover the great benefits of sandwich wraps.
- Ditch the baby wipes. Baby wipes are made from plastic and take years to bio-degrade. Cloth wipes, on the other hand, are gentle, effective and eco-friendly. They're great for hands, faces and grownup bottoms too.
- Try a menstrual cup or cloth pads as an alternative to single-use sanitary products.
Are Reusable Straws Safe?
Each year, the UK disposes around 85 million plastic straws. The levels are so critical that it is not only affecting our health but also the lives of animals and the ecosystem.
Fortunately, there is currently a global mission to reduce plastic waste. This by purchasing and using reusable straws. The latter have also increased in popularity and choice among members of the public and members of the restaurant industry. Further, straws are recommended by dentists to preserve your teeth.
However, once you’ve purchased your kit you may ask yourself, are reusable straws safe? In short, yes. But the devil is in the detail.
First of all, it’s important to point out that there are different options when looking at the materials for your straw: bamboo, stainless steel, silicone, and glass. The materials make the reusable straws safe.
Stainless steel straws, for example, are resistant and can be used multiple times. The bamboo and glass variants are also resistant. Nonetheless, whichever you choose is an ideal option when thinking about the environment compared to using disposable plastic straws.
Fun fact: stainless steel is among the most recycled materials around! When looking into purchasing a stainless steel reusable straw, don’t overlook quality and make sure it doesn’t rust. Bamboo straws are also very eco friendly as they are 100% natural and can be placed in the compost and be successfully recycled.
Don’t shy away from metal straws though, they are BPA-free and do not contaminate your drink. The absence of this chemical renders these types of reusable straws safe. Keep your eyes peeled!
Reusable straws are safe also because they are easy to clean. You can either sanitise by hand by washing and scrubbing the straws or place them in the dishwasher. Further, the rounded tips make reusable straws safe to use. Depending on the material, flexibility may vary on the reusable straw. For example, you can bend easily your straw or have it straight or angled.
The straws may be a concern when used distracted or when certain models are not suitable for children or the elderly. Metal or steel straws are not ideal when walking or driving. Further, it can cause damage to toddlers, the elderly, and the disabled without proper supervision. Bear also in mind that metal straws can be an inconvenience with hot liquids. Glass is also tricky because when dropped it can break and potentially cause damage.
Nonetheless, reminders and constant supervision on the spot render reusable straws safe. The best part is that it can be enjoyed by everyone. Not only are they safe but they make a great alternative to their plastic counterpart and allows anyone to contribute to the effort.
With 5 trillion plastic pieces disposed every year, the emergency is real. To make a difference and contribute you can buy a kit of reusable straws. These not only ensure that you use your straw multiple times over but also save everyone money. Disposable straws may appear cheap but mount up to be expensive yearly.