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Consumers of iced tea and bubble tea love to drink these beverages with a straw! Is this the case for you? It is true that there is always a fun side to enjoying your favourite infusion with a straw! However, it is best to avoid disposable plastic straws. On that point, according to a study, Americans use nearly 500 million plastic straws every day. It will take about 200 years for these plastic straws to be broken down... In addition, straws are the eleventh most important pollutant found in the ocean. Faced with these alarming figures, we considered it very appropriate to offer you some ecological alternatives to traditional single-use plastic straws. Here they are!

A Few Ecological Alternatives to Plastic Straws

1. Stainless Steel Straws

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First, stainless steel straws have several advantages over plastic straws. These do not stain or rust, which is a big plus! In addition, they can be washed in the dishwasher, which makes them very easy to clean. The strength of stainless steel also gives these straws a long lifespan. Be aware that it is preferable to use them for cold beverages since, in a warmer beverage, the straw will also heat up and could become scorching! Their chic and sophisticated look will be perfect to enhance your refreshing iced tea!

2. Bamboo Straws

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Bamboo straws are also an interesting alternative to plastic straws, since they are an entirely natural material, without ink or chemicals. Did you know that bamboo is a plant that grows very quickly? Some varieties grow at a rate of one meter per day! To grow, bamboo requires very little water and no pesticides, making it a very ecological choice. Once cut, this plant regenerates very quickly from its rhizomes. Although it is a natural material, it is also a non-porous material that retains neither taste nor smell, making it easy to clean. This is a great way to add an exotic touch to your simplest drinks.

3. Silicone Straws

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Silicone straws are available in a wide variety of sizes. The thinner straws are perfect for more liquidy drinks and the larger ones for thicker drinks like smoothies. This will prevent a piece of fruit from blocking your straw. Children will certainly love silicone straws, especially because they are available in a wide variety of colours. Their flexibility also makes them very safe for children and adults alike. If necessary, they can be easily cut with scissors to the desired length. It is recommended that you choose a food grade silicone, which is thick enough to be dishwasher safe. Keep in mind that there are many advantages to choosing a silicone straw!

4. Glass Straws

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Have you ever heard of glass straws? These thin straws for transparent beverages are a durable alternative to plastic straw! These are suitable for both hot and cold beverages. However, remember that this type of straw is more fragile. However, there are straws made of glass that are more resistant to cracks and shattering. So, will you try glass straws to enjoy your next cocktail?

5. Tumblers With Reusable Plastic Straws

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Reusable plastic straws in tumblers are ideal if you are looking for an environmentally friendly way to consume your favourite beverages. Feel free to bring one with you at any time to order a drink on the go in zero waste mode. As a bonus, these tumblers make the simplest beverages more attractive. Some of these tumblers have the advantage of having a double insulating wall, which keeps the beverage at the right temperature, cold or hot, depending on your needs. Are small details important to you? Be aware that there are a wide variety of colours and patterns that will add personality to your beverages. The first thing to do is to change your habits by eliminating plastic straws!

A Few Cleaning Tips

After using them, it is important to rinse the straws and clean them thoroughly. Good news: some straw sets come with a fine brush making them easier to clean! If this is not the case, it is recommended to get one to properly remove small deposits that may remain in the straw. With reusable straws, cleanliness is essential!


Finally, the use of reusable straws instead of plastic ones is definitely beneficial for the environment. Some initiatives, however small, are helping to reduce our ecological footprint. Feel free to share with us your infusions, drank with reusable straws, via the #momentfouroclock.

Now all you have to do is join the eco-responsible movement! Will you step up to the plate?

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