Like most single-use plastics, plastic straws are made to be durable but designed for one-off use. On average, they are used for only 20 minutes before ending up in landfills permanently because they are non-biodegradable.
Straws have become the poster child for the evils of plastic. The below images of discarded straws picked up at our past beach and mangrove cleanups are the best evidence of this plastic endemic:
On top of that, plastic straws are a bane to marine life. Being small and light, they can be accidentally ingested by marine animals, or end up lodged in the nostrils of turtles, as seen in this video below:
Here are 6 eco-friendly (and pretty insta-worthy) alternatives to disposable plastic straws:
1. Metal Straws
2. Glass Straws
3. Paper Straws
4. Bamboo Straws
5. Morning Glory Stems
Broccoli Revolution, a restaurant serving vegan based cuisine in Bangkok, Thailand, uses washed and disinfected morning glory stems in place of plastic straws. How cool is that!
The yummiest alternative of the lot and possibly the most brilliant. According to this video below, a bar in the UK has switched from plastic straws to pasta straws:
While the above are great alternatives to disposable plastic straws, the best alternative is to #gostrawless. Simply refuse straws and drink from the container directly. Reduce is in fact the most preferred option amongst the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle).
If you’d like to learn more about marine conservation and wish to participate in conservation-related activities such as sharing sessions by industry experts and marine biologists, workshops, beach cleanups and reef cleanups, join the Guardians of the S.E.A.A.. Check out this video to see what you get to be part of.