6 eco-friendly alternatives to plastic straws. 2 of them are edible.

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:
Beach cleanup 2017


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

Metal straw from Seastainable Co., available in regular 6mm width and 12mm width for bubble tea. This local social enterprise supports marine conservation in Singapore and the Philippines, and pledges to give 50% of their profits to different marine conservation groups.

2. Glass Straws

Rose glass straw from Project.R

3. Paper Straws

Assorted paper straws from Daiso

4. Bamboo Straws

Bamboo straw from The Sustainability Project which is run by a Singapore-based tree-hugger who wants to share her knowledge to transform the world into a better place to live in.

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!

Image source: Broccoli Revolution

6. Pasta

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:

Pasta straws

Don't like plastic straws? Here's a solution you'd never have thought of👍🍝🙀

Posted by BBC Radio Bristol on Monday, 30 April 2018

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.

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