We’ve all seen the evolution of straws over the past few years. From plastic to paper to bamboo to glass to stainless steel, it seems like almost everyone has jumped on the no-plastic-straw bandwagon — and we are so here for it. According to National Geographic, Americans use more than 100 million plastic straws each day, so choosing any sort of wholesale reusable straw is, without a doubt, commendable. But many of these straws aren’t 100% reliable or functional.They’re colorful, bendy and just plain practical. Here’s why we’re putting down other straws and picking up these silicone ones, instead.
Paper straws are no doubt adorable with their chevron patterns or floral detailing, but as far as durability and functionality, they pretty much get an F, unless you’re slurping your drink up in a matter of minutes. Not to mention, although definitely better than plastic, they’re still single-use straws that aren’t ideal if you’re trying to cut back on waste.
Bamboo straws aren’t much better. They definitely give you that natural, no frills aesthetic, but if you’re not diligently washing and drying them quickly, the bamboo can easily absorb liquid, warp, crack and become trash.
As far as glass straws go, they definitely look beautiful displayed on your bar cart or in a fruity cocktail. But if you’re someone who tends to drop things more often than not, they might not be your best option.
Stainless steel straws seem to solve all of these issues. They’re durable, reusable and sleek. But they still tend to give you a brassy, metallic taste from time to time, and might not be great for anyone with sensitive teeth.
Enter silicone straws to save the day. Reusable and long-lasting, these little guys are the answer. They’re dishwasher safe and come with little straw squeegees for easy cleaning. The silicone also stays at room temperature, so go ahead and use a straw for hot tea if you want! They’re flexible and bendy, so you can squish them into your bag or shove them into a kitchen drawer. You can even cut them down to fit nicely in wine glasses to avoid red-wine-stained teeth. And did we mention how fun and bright they are? There’s a color for every occasion.
Reusable silicone straws are best for hot drinks because they don't conduct heat as well as stainless steel straws do. The safety concern with straws and hot drinks is not the material degrading or leaching chemicals, but rather the temperature of the straw body as it touches your skin.
Silicone straws are very safe, not only because they are bendy & chewy, making them safe for kids to use and less worrisome for mothers, but they are also safe in that they are healthy for our bodies. Unlike plastic and even metal, silicone does not leach chemicals when exposed to heat variation.
Most important, silicone straws can last for at least 5 years! That replaces nearly 2,000 single-use plastic straws, potentially from you alone! Silicone is actually not biodegradable, but once properly disposed, it is 100% recyclable.
Not only is silicone straws better for your inner health, but it also can save you from any possible injury.A silicone straw is dishwasher safe, making it super simple to use drink after drink. Plastic is single use, making its way to the trash can the minute you're done sipping. Unfortunately, they can't even be recycled.
So, say goodbye to all the sucky straws and say hello to the new silicone straw for the ideal drinking experience!