Currently, 2.7 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean every year. Plastics are floating everywhere, to the point that there is a zone twice as large as Texas filled with them. 80% of ocean debris consists of plastics, and one way not many people know about to help solve this problem is by using a metal straw made from stainless steel or aluminum rather than plastic for everyday use.
A problem with our waterways and oceans has recently been brought to light – a specific type of sea turtle has become infected due to eating plastic bags thinking they were jellyfish.
Plastic Straws makeup 10% of all trash found on beaches and can be easily replaced by nowadays technology, which makes this simple switch worthwhile. Thousands of Plastic straws are used every day in the US. People use it without thinking about how many they are using or if it has an impact on the environment. Even when a straw is properly disposed of, it could end up in a waterway and make its way to the ocean where animals could ingest them. So what can you do? Instead of using a plastic straw, try using a Stainless steel straw that will last for years instead of minutes, and then just clean with hot soapy water and dry before storing.
Are Metal Straws safe for People?
Stainless Steel Drinking Straws have been available since at least 1986 and have grown in popularity, especially among those known to allergy sufferers as safe options for avoiding contact with foods such as peanuts. It can be found in restaurants, at parties, and are a great alternative to plastic ones for anyone who wants to make the switch but doesn’t want to have to worry about breaking or losing a straw.
Is Metal Drinking Straws really safe?
Food grade stainless steel is completely BPA-free, dishwasher safe, and won’t rust. Each Metal straw is made of 18/8 food-grade stainless steel that has been polished to remove any impurities. These are heat resistant up to 300°F and will not melt like glass straws do when exposed directly to heat. It is built from corrosion-resistant aluminum, which means it’s eco-friendly, lightweight, reusable (many times over), it won’t melt when exposed to heat or lose its shape over time. The reusable straws can be cleaned in the dishwasher and after each use, simply rinse under warm water.
Although they are not completely indestructible, I have been using one of these for months (well, someone else’s) every day and it still is in great condition! It shows no signs of bending or warping. Definitely a must for the eco-friendly person! Also with them being stainless steel, you don’t have to worry about rusting like with other metal utensils like silverware. These will last you a lifetime if not forever because they’ll never break on you! Way better than plastic and glass straws in terms of durability and price!