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Beyond the Plastic Drinking Straw: 5 Eco-Friendly Alternatives (Including One Made of Straw)

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Beyond the Plastic Drinking Straw: 5 Eco-Friendly Alternatives (Including One Made of Straw)

April 12, 2018

Can small acts of refusal make a difference? We hope so. For the past few years, we at Remodelista have made an effort to rid our kitchens of plastic drinking straws, no exception.

And recently, according to the New York Times, cities such as Malibu, Davis, and San Luis Obispo in California as well as Seattle and Miami Beach “have banned or limited the use of plastic straws in restaurants. Advocates say laws aimed at cutting back on the use of plastic straws can help spur more significant behavioral changes.”

Here are five alternatives (straw straws included).

Straw

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Above: Made from heritage grain in Southern California, Harvest Straws are “the most sustainable, low-carbon, environmentally friendly drinking straws available,” the company says. Contact Harvest Straws directly for ordering information. Another option from Switzerland, available via Etsy: Drinking Straws made from straw; $9.17 for a pack of 20 from Golden Biscotti.

Glass

LA-based Commune Design offers a set of four handblown Glass Drinking Straws in a leather case for $5
Above: LA-based Commune Design offers a set of four handblown Glass Drinking Straws in a leather case for $52.50 (down from $75).

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Above: The Bend Glass Straw from Fort Bragg, California, company Glass Dharma is made of borosilicate glass; $10 each from Heath Ceramics.

Stainless Steel

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Above: A set of four angled Stainless Steel Straws from Crate & Barrel is $6.95 (a set of two straw-cleaning brushes is an extra $3.95).

Paper

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Above: A pack of 25 biodegradable white Paper Straws is $1.25 from Lanterns & More.

Bamboo

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Above: A six-pack of reusable Bamboo Straws is $8.50 from Eartheasy.

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