Swap out your everyday items for these eco-friendly sustainable alternatives!
Over 500 million plastic straws are used in America EVERY DAY!
That number doesn't even include products that come with straws attached (juice boxes, etc.). If you've seen how damaging straws can be to wildlife, the environment, and our own bodies, that amount should terrify you. If you haven't, you may want to watch the video of a sea turtle found with a straw up its nostril. You'll never look at straws the same way again. This week's #SustainableSaturday is about Simply Straws.
Next time you're out and about, ordering a drink at the movies or an iced beverage from your local coffee shop, politely refuse a straw and try this company's durable glass ones instead.
These are a bit on the pricier side of reusable straws, but it's because Simply Straws has really gone the extra mile to be eco-friendly. Their website states, "Our products are reusable, sustainable, durable, biodegradable and handmade with intention in USA. Our colors are non-toxic, our materials bpa free, our sleeves made from fair-trade, organic hemp, flax, and cotton. Our web hosting and printing powered by eco energy, we use non-toxic dyes and fsc certified 100% post consumer recycled paper for business material. All packaging is compostable."
Carrying around a reusable straw might be seen as a hassle for some, but remember that every single plastic straw unused is potentially one less inside the ocean and its wildlife. No matter how far you live from the sea, plastic never breaks down, it will outlive us and it is not unlikely it will eventually find its way to the water to be ingested by marine life. Additionally, the more and more people bring their own alternative and refuse a straw while ordering, can lead to restaurants ordering less and less of these products, lessening the overall demand. Plus, these glass straws are beautiful!
So, as our friends at Lonely Whale say, #stopsucking and go reusable! Our convenience is not worth the end result of our single use items.
Remember, Keiko's Sustainable Saturdays feature can't be bought by brands for advertising, as we want to keep our recommendations honest, but you can always suggest your favorite sustainable brands for us to have a look at! Use the tag #KeikoSustainableSaturdays.