We should also know that single use plastic straws are not BPA free and not really a health way to have a smoothie or any other drink. Other reason to not use plastic straws is our oceans and not just that but our planet. Single use plastic straws create waste that never gets recycled due to its low quality plastic which is too cheap and offers no value after recycling.
Eliminating plastic straw usage rarely requires a drastic change in behavior. A straw is something you can easily do without but also note that dentist around the world suggest using straw when consuming a sugary drink, so the drink can be sucked pass the teeth this minimses decay and staining of teeth.
Following are the different types of straws available in the market as an alternate to plastic straws.
Stainless Steel Straws
Stainless steel straws are made from premium quality stainless steel. Stainless steel is odorless, durable and long lasting which makes it a perfect material to be used for making drinking straws. Stainless steel metal straws easy to clean and dishwasher safe. Stainless steel may be a bit heavier than glass or silicone straws but more durable and long lasting. When buying stainless steel straws always make sure to buy round mouth straws so they don't hurt your lips or inside of your mouth when sipping a drink.
Stainless steel straws are not good for consuming hot beverages.
Glass straws are made from strong and durable borosilicate glass. Suitable to use with cold and warm drinks. Glass drinking straws are easy to clean but they are not as long lasting as stainless steel. Reusable glass straws are transparent which makes it easier to spot residue so you can inspect the straw for its cleanliness before using it. Transparent straws are light weight and a cheap alternate to single use plastic straws.
Silicone Straws are made from FDA approved premium food grade silicone. Reusable silicone straws are Non toxic and free from harmful chemicals found in plastic straws. Silicone straws are light weight and fold-able which makes them easy to carry, Silicone drinking straws does not have sharp edges which causes damage to your lips or inside of your mouth. Reusable silicone straws are generally more wider than stainless steel and are easy to clean.
Bamboo Straws are non toxic and free of harmful chemicals found in plastic straw. Diameter of reusable bamboo straws will vary as it is a natural product. Bamboo straws are not dishwasher safe and hand wash is recommended.