What are the major benefits of reusable straws i.e stainless steel straws?
If you’ve become aware of your own environmental impact and wish to reduce your carbon footprint, switching to stainless steel drinking straws is definitely something that will help you accomplish your goal.
Something so “insignificant” in the grand scheme of things might seem like a futile action, but if you become aware of the damage caused by plastic straws, you will understand that making a simple switch is actually doing a lot!
Did you know that plastic straws only truly took off in the United States somewhere in the 1960s? Prior to that, the use of paper straws and other materials (glass, bamboo, steel, etc.) were commonplace. It wasn’t until the United States went “oil crazy” that the introduction of plastic straws became a trend
Facts about plastic straws
These days, we’re looking at roughly 8 million tons of plastic being thrown out each year [globally]. When we take a look at plastic straws by themselves, we’re talking about roughly 500 million straws being consumed daily in the U.S alone.
In fact, 99% of all straws are plastic being consumed every day. Only 1% are either stainless steel straws, glass straws or even wooden ones.
However, people are becoming aware that the need for plastic straws is non-existent. There are many more sustainable options and if we truly want to inspire change within our society, it’s important that we use our money to influence corporations to make a change.
How do we do this?
We influence with our money! The Only True Power You have!
A friend of mine once said, “The only power people have in this world is ‘where they spend their money’”. After some serious contemplation, I realized that he was right. We don’t really have any political weight or financial muscle to inspire great change, but the entities that rely on our consumerism to exist follow the trends of the consumers.
The Benefits of FDA Reusable Drinking Straws
Unlike plastic straws, stainless steel drinking straws provide:
- Longevity — they last longer than plastic and other types of straws.
- Durability — they are able to withstand wear, pressure or any damage
- Sustainability — they are environmentally friendly (eco-friendly as it is often called)
- Convenience — they are easy to clean, and portable ( can come in handy when you are on the road – traveling)
- Safe — they are safe to use – BPA FREE unlike plastic straws ( which contains chemical and
You can easily take one of these sturdy alternatives with you wherever you go. I keep mine in a small ziplock bag and whenever I go out to eat, I simply use my own straw.
Sure, people look at me weirdly, but then when I explain to them that drinking from a plastic straw is literally killing animals, that their straws can’t be recycled and that more than 500 million of them are being discarded daily…they quickly turn and ask me, “Where can I buy Stainless Steel Drinking Straws?”.
Fortunately, there are many locations where you can buy stainless steel drinking straws. Even Walmart offers these alternatives.
I believe that everybody should be responsible for their own consumption habits and once you know that plastic straws are simply not a sustainable practice, it’s your responsibility to make the right changes in your own life to rid yourself of the “karmic check” that we all have to pay.