The Last Straw (you’ll ever want)| Reusable Straw Comparison

I have seen some rude people on the internet who just say, straws are only useful if your arms can’t lift glasses. Yes, I am talking to you, Joanne. Some people have disabilities or sensitive teeth, I have a personal preference for straws. I’ve seen you have a personal preference for posting a LOT of photos of chickens.

I like not spilling drinks down my front. I like not having ice bump my teeth. I like protecting my teeth from stains and acid from drinks. So yeah, Joanne, my arms work too. Let’s play nice and let people post their chickens and use their straws without judgement. Plus, we’ve got a lot of reusable choices now so we’re not causing the planet any harm.

For the keychain friendly foldable straw on-the go needs, we have the Final Straw. The Final Straw is also a good width that works for smoothies, milkshakes, and frozen margaritas. Some people have had concerns about cleaning this. I have had absolutely no issues. The packaging includes a squeegee to clean the inside of the silicone.

Plus, you could use a brush when it’s unfolded for the inside and then inside each little ring when it it’s folded if you’re concerned. But seriously, you were trusting bartenders with bins on straws? At least you know where this one has been.

Metal straws will outlast you. They can be washed with boiling water to disinfect. They’re strong and sturdy. The downside to metal straws is they can get hot and cold with the beverage. There are stainless steel straws coming up in Green Giveaways from SoseasUK and EcoFella.

Cleaning Note: Bends in straws do make them a little harder to clean.

Silicone straws are delightful. They are dishwasher safe. They are flexible which means you can get them in a variety of openings. Koffie straw makes them specifically to fit in coffee to go cups to protect your teeth. The best part about silicone straws is you can bend them into the container. I love to do this for smoothies on the go.

For travel, you could fold them up and they’d be less bulky than the Final Straw. I’m not sure how this would be for the longevity of the straw but it’s worth trying.

Silicone straws can also be cut to length. So if you have one that is too long for your normal vessel, you can shorten it! Don’t forget to trim them at an angle so they don’t suction to the container.

On the downside, if your smoothies are too thick, silicone (even for the Final Straw above) can collapse.

Cleaning Note: Silicone straws can be on the difficult side to clean with the brush because they’re bendy. This is doubled for silicone straws with a built in bend. It’s not a deal breaker, but it is something to consider.

Bamboo straws are naturally antimicrobial and compostable. This would be great for an event if you wanted to use straws that were disposable. They’re absolutely reusable but would make a disposable option too. We have bamboo straws included in Green Giveaways from Eco Fella.

Rigid plastic straws seemed to hit the market first so I have a handful. They’re cute and come in a variety of colors. They’re just as easy to clean as metal. I could see for longevity they would be less attractive than steel. These straws can bend and melt and are not dishwasher safe. They also wont breakdown like bamboo.

So, now go stick that in your drink. If that is your choice.

Waste Free Pearly Whites

I solemnly swear to be honest to you. That includes admitting that I don’t know if or when I will be able to give up my sonicare. But when I can, I will switch to bamboo. Now that I have that off my chest, let’s dive in.

Bamboo is naturally antimicrobial.  Bamboo biodegrades. Some bamboo toothbrushes have bristles that break down and some do not. When you decide to purchase bamboo toothbrushes, beware the packaging, if the vendor includes plastic packaging….it has ruined your waste free efforts.

The bristles are a different conversation than the handle. You’ve got a few options, nylon, compostable, and charcoal infused. I learned that ‘fully compostable’ bamboo toothbrushes feature brushes with bristle using pig hair. I’m not going to get on a vegetarian soap box but it is something you should be aware of.

The bamboo toothbrushes from Eco Fella included in Green Giveaways are packaged in cardboard and numbered 1-4 which makes them easy to tell apart. I have also seen some bamboo toothbrushes with painted bottoms or colored bristles. Colorful bamboo toothbrushes enable you to compromise sustainability while keeping the pastels that make you smile.

After you brush, you floss! Well, at least you tell your dentist you do. Single use flossers are the bane of my existence (Sorry Dad). You’re supposed to wind and unwind floss so you’re putting clean parts of the floss in between your teeth.

Plus, I once saw an instagram account that exclusively posts flossers they find littered on the street #Flossgate. Then I found a Boston Globe article discussing the same issue. So let’s just stop it with the flossers. Boo.

Not to depress you, but the floss we’re using isn’t going away. Floss is usually made of nylon which sticks around.

What is the green alternative? Dental floss sometimes called lace made of plastic free silk! Why do I say plastic free? Because some brands slip some plastic in to make it strong which is defeating the purpose of making the switch,

Silk is biodegradable. Plus, you can find it with recyclable plastic or glass packaging. Many brands let you purchase the initial container which has the feeder and cutter and get refills from then on out. Talk about waste free!

Making greener choices with your next dental purchases will give you plenty to smile about.