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Ditching Plastic Straws? Try These 6 Alternatives That Are More Eco-Friendly!

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Every time we use plastic straws while sipping on our beverages, we’re actually destroying mother nature and the ocean life. Yes, it’s true that straws can be recycled, but they always drop out during the segregation process due to their light weight and small size. Not to mention, straws always end up in the ocean due to human error!

Luckily, people from all over the world have realised that it’s time to ditch plastic straws and go for more environmentally-friendly alternatives. If you’re looking to make the switch too but not sure what alternatives there are, here’s a compilation of six options along with their respective pros and cons.

 

1 . Copper straws

Pros:

  • One word: class!
  • Long lasting and doesn’t break easily

Cons:

  • Easily scratched with regular use
  • Conducts heat well, so it’s not ideal to be used with overly hot or cold drinks as your lips may feel uncomfortable
  • Not see-through for proper cleaning

 

2. Metal straws

Pros:

  • Gives you a more atas look
  • Lightweight, durable and easy to carry around
  • Safe to use with dishwasher

Cons: 

  • Not see-through for thorough cleaning
  • Has slightly sharper edge, which may make your mouth feel uncomfortable
  • Prone to scratches with everyday use
  • Not suitable for thick smoothies or bubble tea due to its small diameter

 

3. Bamboo straws

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Pros:

  • You’re a friend of pandas now, teehee! 
  • Works well with bubble tea as bamboo straws generally have a larger diameter

Cons: 

  • Advisable to keep it dry after usage to avoid moulding
  • Must be replaced once a year as they don’t last as long as metal straws

 

4. Glass straws

Pros:

  • Its transparent anatomy means you can easily spot dirt!
  • Suitable for both hot and cold drinks
  • Thick and sturdy structure makes it easy to rest between teeth
  • Super cool to see your drink ascend in the straw when you take a sip! 

Cons: 

  • Requires extra care as it breaks easily

 

5. Paper straws

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Pros:

  • Comes in different colours and patterns
  • Perfect if you need a one-time use straw as it’s still more sustainable than plastic ones

Cons: 

  • Becomes soggy when you leave it in your drink for too long
  • Still harms the environment although in a smaller scale

 

6. Edible straws

Pros: 

  • Perfect for when you’re thirsty and hungry at the same time
  • Made from seaweed-based material from a company called LOLISTRAW, so it’s biodegradable and safe for consumption

Cons: 

  • Not exactly cheap. Currently sold for US$1 (approx. RM4) per straw, at the time of writing

 

See? So many alternatives to plastic straws! So, if you’re looking to join this noble movement, now you know what your options are, and if you know anyone else looking for reusable straws, don’t forget to share this article with them and save our planet together!

PS: the straws you get may differ from some of the descriptions above as every manufacturer has different specs for their products. 

 

Also read: This Cool Cafe in Penang is Already Ditching Plastic Straws in Favour of Metal Ones

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