Are reusable straws really worth it? Let’s take a look.
There are many different types of reusable straws from stainless steel to paper. Each provide an attempt to avoid using the plastic straw. According to Plastic Pollution Coalition, more than “500 million plastic straws are used and discarded” everyday.
In my experience today, right now, in April of 2019 I don’t really recognize this problem as an issue. I look around an often find that most people have reusable water bottles or simply don’t use straws. This metric is definitely skewed towards the fast food industry or coffee venues as they provide the drinks that require the straws.
I think the biggest issue is that we don’t see the effects of using plastic first hand. All of it goes towards the oceans and most of us are landlocked or don’t go outside enough to see this first hand.
So what alternatives are there to plastic straws?
I think the most affordable reusable straw can be found on amazon for only $7.99.
There are also bamboo reusable straws which I personally think look the coolest.
In general, the biggest problem is remembering to bring your reusable straw with you to the restaurants you go to or when you go out. Plus you have to actually clean your reusable straw and that can be on a burden on a lot of the lazy people that live in this world. But, it’s one of those things that hasn’t really caught on and might not catch on for a while. Until then it’s up to individuals to make minor contributions slowly but surely.
I don’t even own any reusable straws, but I will be getting some soon. So you can buy them with me.