We’re pretty careless these days when it comes to food packaging. Whenever I order a salad at a fast food restaurant (don’t judge me) I usually have to convince the cashier to not bag my items separately.
And then there’s the straw…
The powerful, sanitary but extremely wasteful straw. We see them at restaurants, the clerk at the bodegas give them to us with our bottled or canned beverages, restaurant waiters carry them around waiting to distribute to the next germ-averse person who, unlike me, will go into cardiac arrest if they have to drink off the same glass someone else has been drinking from.
I’m a bit apathetic for many reasons. I don’t use straws anymore. I also dare shake people’s hands (there’s a reason why hand sanitizer exists) not knowing what they’ve been touching. Every so often I get the pleasure of holding on to the same pole on the subway that an invisible stranger has probably assaulted with their *insert questionable body part here*.
Here’s the kicker: I haven’t been sick in two years.
I’ve recently taken a liking to glass straws. Though not very convenient, they are a pretty cool solution for environmentalists who like their beverages both cold and sterile.
The lovely folks at Strawesome gifted me a plain clear straw during New York City’s Green Festivals back in April. It served me well at during homemade smoothie-making days. I’m not completely convinced that my little glass straw will make it back unscathed after a day trip in my purse/clutch/suitcase that I carry around the city with me.
With complete candor I admit that glass straws are cumbersome. Even for me. I drink right from the glass or bottle and gently turn down any offer of the white line. Plastic straws are an awful addiction. I’m here to offer you salvation.
Not a fan of glass tubes? There are also metal straws that seem a bit more practical to tote. Check out this cool inexpensive set of reusable stainless steel straws that come in a pack of 10 along with a cleaner.
I’ve also come across cardboard straws that basically taste as though you’re sucking water through a toilet paper roll. Not the best in my opinion but a viable alternative to plastic. I experienced this product in a restaurant in Atlanta and thought it was a sick joke. It wasn’t.
If there is no other reason like clean water, clean air and environmental responsibility to ditch your little white line, here’s another reason why you may want to abandon plastic straws:
Sucking on straws is bad for the muscles around your lips. More sucking = more mouth wrinkles. And if you care about your looks more than the environment, you’ll want to stop the madness before your .10 cent helper turns into $400 painful shots of Botox.
Did you know that plastic straws were an incredible waste problem? Do you currently use a metal/plastic/cardboard straw? Let’s discuss in the comments below.
Love and Beauty,
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