We all want to do our bit for the planet, and even if you dont (if you dont please reconsider your existence) there are institutions that now have to do their bit as part of regulations. In this posts instance its the issue of the plastic straw. The regulations to swap out the plastic straw felt like an overnight phenomenon and it wasnt long until we were all fiddling with soggy paper straws. Now paper straws are a good start but lets face it, we all hate them. I’m personally a slow drinker and it doesnt take long before my paper straws start to shred pulps in my mouth like a bad mixer.
So what can you do to not face this dilemma? Not to worry, I have two solutions for you that even though requires some preplanning, does eliminate the problem. The preplanning part is to remember to take this out with you. I imagine its a little more difficult for fellas however I have seen some guys put the straws in their back pocket. Also what a better chat up line than pulling out a straw from your pocket at a busy bar?
Wallet friendly option - Bamboo straws by Zuperzozial.
These straws are made from bamboo (the most sustainable tree resource we have) and you get 6 in one pack plus a cleaning brush. The good thing about these is that you can also use them at home with guests and the brush makes cleaning easier.
Luxury option - Stephen Webster last straw in sterling silver.
As part of the #laststraw campaign Stephen Webster designer a sterling silver straw that can be personalised with a name. Part of the proceedings also go to a charity for ocean plastic. Its pricey but its a luxury item, I personally love mine. Word to the wise, dont put this one in your back pocket.
Free option - No straw!
This is the easiest of them all, skip the straw if youre not in a need of one. Ask your waitress to bring a drink without the added straw beacuse we are all capable of drinking with no straws if you left yours at home there is no suitable sustainable alternative.