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Sipping in Style: Trendy Reusable Straw Alternatives

If you're ready to ditch plastic straws, congratulations! You’ve just made an honorable decision that will keep our earth clean. Now it's time to find your straw soulmate. With so many options for sustainable sipping, looking for the best one gets confusing. To make things easier, here are a few reusable straws for every budget, aesthetic, and lifestyle. If you want to look at even more sustainable straw options, tune in to this month's episode of Luxeathon™ Living where we show off fashion forward reusable straws.  


  1. Stainless Steel Straws: 


These are one of the most popular choices for reusable straws. Stainless steel is both durable and resistant to rust, making it the perfect material for a reusable straw. Stainless Steel Straws typically cost $1 to $5 per straw, which is reasonable for how long they'll last. They are also dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning. 



Stainless straws are metal, so they can't be customized. Their strong material means they aren’t collapsable and thus not ideal for on-the-go use. They conduct heat, which may make your warm beverages way too hot in your mouth. For those with sensory issues, a straw with a more subtle texture is recommended.  


2. Silicone Straws: 


Silicon straws are soft and flexible, making for a comfortable fit similar to the classic plastic straw. They can be easily folded for portability. Silicone is BPA-free, non-toxic, and dishwasher-safe. Unlike stainless steel, it's temperature resistant and won’t heat any beverages you enjoy. Stylish sippers will love their wide range of colors, and the straw itself can come molded into fun shapes like hearts and stars. Best of all, these straws are budget-friendly at $1 to $3 per straw.  


The flexibility of silicon can be great for portability, but it might cause some drinking mishaps. Their lack of structure makes these straws prone to flopping, especially in large cups. If you don't wash your silicone straw thoroughly, it can hold onto stains, odors, and flavors. It's important to remember that silicone is still a nonbiodegradable plastic. If you use a silicone straw, try to make it last. It’s only as sustainable as its life span! 


3. Glass Straws: 


Glass straws are one of the most elegant options for a sustainable straw. They are super smooth and can be frosted for an ultra-luxurious look and feel. Their transparency allows you to see your drink in the straw- so cool! Glass straws are non-toxic and dishwasher safe, so they will last you a long time. 


These straws are on the pricier side, ranging from $2 to $8 a straw. They are also fragile and prone to breaking and chipping if dropped. Glass straws are recommended primarily for at-home use when you want to feel extra luxurious.  


4. Bamboo Straws: 


Bamboo straws have a unique and earthy aesthetic. Each sip gives a smooth, natural texture you'll love. Bamboo straws are especially eco-friendly because they are both reusable and biodegradable. That means once your straw has reached the end of its lifespan, you can compost it! They're the least expensive reusable straw on the market, at $0.50 to $2 per straw. Bamboo is also naturally antimicrobial and resistant to bacteria, so you don’t have to worry about bacteria build-up.  


These straws aren't dishwasher safe, and they're less durable than other options.  They also absorb flavor and color, so they're not perfect for coffee or tea lovers.  

Unfortunately, bamboo straws only come in a natural beige. These straws are recommended for water drinkers who prefer a minimalist aesthetic.   


5. Collapsible Straws: 


Collapsable straws are usually stainless steel and have collapsable segments. This gives them the long-lasting power of stainless steel with added portability. Collapsable straws often come with a customizable carrying case and silicone tip so you can make them look extra chic. They may even have an adjustable height for whatever you’re sipping from.  


Because collapsable straws have segments, the small space between them can trap residue. The segments can also collapse accidentally while you're trying to sip your drink- embarrassing! Just like traditional stainless-steel straws, collapsable straws aren't very customizable. They're also the most expensive straw options, at $5 to $10 per straw.  


6. Reusable Water Bottles 


While not technically a straw, reusable water bottles with built-in straws are a great option for stylish sustainability. If you drink from these, you're avoiding plastic waste in both your straw and cup. Many water bottles are dishwasher-safe and very durable. They come in tons of colors and patterns to make your bottle stand out. Reusable water bottles are the most portable and convenient option. When you're ready to sip, just pull out your water bottle. Your straw is already there! 


Because you are getting a water bottle and a straw, these are a more expensive option. Prices vary based on capacity, ranging from $15 to up to $40. The straw is attached to your bottle, so these can't be for two drinks at once. The water bottle option is best for those who drink one beverage throughout the day and are looking for on-the-go convenience.  



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