Eco-friendly Alternatives to Plastic Straws






People around the world have been sipping their drinks out of straws. Only recently have straws come under serious debate. 

Americans now use and discard an average of 500 million plastic straws per day. 

Each of these straws contributes to the global plastic pollution epidemic; plastic straws are now one of the top 10 garbage items polluting the ocean and destroying marine life. 

You might only use the straw for 10 minutes, but the majority of plastic takes nearly 500 years to decompose. Most plastic isn't recycled, which is why it either ends up in a landfill or in an ocean. Here are some eco-friendly solutions for your to-go cup that you'll want to know about. 


1. Metal

Made of stainless steel, aluminum, or even titanium, metal straws have become a popular alternative. They draw some criticism—for having a metallic taste, conducting heat from a hot drink, and clanking against the teeth—but they’re durable to transport and to reuse. 


2. Paper

Paper drinking straws, which date from the late 1800s, often absorb liquid over time, become mushy, and can leave a taste or fibers in drinks. They’re the most popular throwaway option in places with plastic-straw bans.


3. Silicone

This material provides a popular soft alternative to metal reusable straws. Created in response to the profound need for a healthy alternative to disposable strawsThe EcoFairy’s Reusable Silicone Straw is easy to clean, comfortable and 100% safe (safer than metal/plastic/glass straws, it won't jab your mouth or teeth while you’re walking or driving.) Reusable silicone collapsible straw has a carrying case and cleaning brush. This is very portable and Easy-To-Carry.  

4. Bamboo

This natural material can be sustainably produced and is a plant-based alternative to fabricated straws. Bamboo straws are reusable but can be hard to clean completely and may absorb flavors. When it’s time to dispose of them, they’re easily compostable.



At The Ecofairy, our goal is to help you build a more sustainable life by offering you a line of reusable products. We offer products that last and that will help you reduce the amount of plastic you use.   


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