Why Use Reusable Straws?
Straws can be fun to drink from! Many people prefer to use them in restaurants, for hygiene reasons. Yet, single-use plastic straws have a considerable polluting effect on the environment. That is why many restaurants and home users have returned to using reusable straws. Many countries including the UK, are evaluating the benefit of banning plastic straws.
You might think that decreasing plastic waste is the only reason to use reusable straws. It definitely is a starting point for a change. In the UK the number of plastic straws thrown away every day is around 2.3 million. Also, the production of 335 million metric tons of plastic every year in the world is terrifying. And, we currently recycle only a small part of it. Yet, there are other reasons for switching from plastic to reusable straws.
The vast amount of plastic straws are not recycled, usually, finish in the sea or as the waste on landfills. It takes over 1000 years for plastic to decompose and degrade. It can release different toxic substances into the soil or water. The level of pollution during the manufacturing of plastic straws is high.
Reusable straws are easy to clean and maintain. They are dishwasher safe, and rust-proof as well. All you need to do is to rinse them after use, and they are ready for the dishwasher. And if they are wet for a long time, there is no need to worry that they will get rusty. Stainless steel straws are rust-proof.
Yet, you might prefer to clean them manually. There are appropriate brushes for reusable straws available, which will clean them well. A straw brush is usually available in the same package with a set of reusable straws.
There are different alternatives to reusable straws: glass, bamboo, or stainless steel. Glass straws are stylish and elegant. But, they are breakable, and you should avoid to give them to children or be extra cautious if a child uses it. Bamboo straws are also fragile, and more challenging to clean due to uneven surface, too. Stainless steel straws seem like the safest version as they are not breakable. There is also an option to add a silicone tip on the top of it. The tip will keep your teeth and gums safe.
But, switching from plastic straws to reusable ones is a great step toward a cleaner planet. And, you can stay stylish by beginning to use reusable straws.
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