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Reusable Drinking Straws

Yes, plastic straws seem small and innocent – and not so obnoxious to the environment, right? Well, I’ve been noticing how many straws my kids go through each day. They like to use one to slurp up the remaining milk in their cereal bowls every morning, and then another one to take their last drink of water before going to bed very night. So we go through a fair number of straws.

I remembered writing about stainless steel drinking straws last year around New Years Eve, in a post about the mini bottles of POP champagne. And even though most stainless steel drinking straws I’ve seen are sold as “barware”, I’m thinking of getting some for my kids. Clearly I’m not the only one interested in reusable drinking straws, because it seems these stainless steel straws are on backorder everywhere I look.

I also came across some pretty cool glass straws. Glass Dharma is a company started by a California glass blower who was inspired by the simple elegance of a glass straw. He says he also saw the health benefits from skipping the plastics and the positive environmental impact they have.

Glass Dharma also sells straw brushes for keeping your reusable straws clean, and even straw cozies made out of ecospun felt made from recycled bottles. This strikes me as being really funny. I can see myself carrying a CupKozy on my key ring, and I do love whipping out my Baggus at the grocery store, but I don’t think I could keep a straight face if I reached into my purse and pulled out my reusable straw from its own little ecofelt pouch. Is that wrong? I guess if I was really committed to the idea, it might make sense?

The more I think about it, a glass straw with accompanying felt cozy would be an awesome stocking stuffer for the die-hard environmentalist or the person who has everything.

Stainless Steel Straws $18.99 for a set of 8 with cleaner at Amazon.com

Glass Straws $31.50 for a set of 4 with brush at Amazon.com

UPDATE: Good News! I’m having a giveaway for a $35 gift certificate to Glass Dharma, so be sure to enter before midnight MST this Friday, April 24!

Posted Tuesday, October 21, 2008 in Food & Drink, Gifts, Kids

9 Comments »

  1. Joslyn on November 14th, 2008 at 9:16 am:

    About 2 years ago, I too decided that we had to do something about the straw usage in my home. I found some pretty colored acrylic straws at Wal-Mart; a package of 8 was about $2. These straws are the same size as the plastic drinking straws. They’re wonderful. But, guests have fallen in love with them also, and I’m down to just a few. I can not find them any more. Of course, Wal-Mart has no idea what I’m talking about. Does anyone know where I can find more? Thanks

  2. Cheryl on December 3rd, 2008 at 12:39 pm:

    I believe that I saw something similar for sale at Starbuck’s but I am so leary of the materials used (acrylic is a plastic) and the possibility of toxins leaching into beverages.

    My suggested solution is that you check the http://www.glassdharma.com website for more information about using glass instead of plastic. The type of glass they use is very strong and they even provide a manufacturer’s lifetime guarantee against breakage. They recomend you just put them in the dishwasher! From what I have been reading, the plastics break down with each dishwasher cleaning and the plastic can leach even higher levels of BPA. Not so with the borosilicate glass!

    I carry my glass straws with me everywhere and keep a glassful of glass straws out on the counter for my family and guests. They are beautiful!

  3. Jaye on April 8th, 2009 at 4:55 pm:

    I also have been looking for the straws from walmart. I have even written them and gotten no response. They were the best and I am still looking.

  4. Jaye on May 3rd, 2009 at 1:27 pm:

    If you are looking for reusable straws like walmart had go to alwaysbrilliant.com They aren’t exactly the same but I love them. YOu get 15 of them for 4.99. I’m thrilled I work with special needs kids and they are great.

  5. Ruth on May 31st, 2009 at 3:42 pm:

    I found the straws on the Crate&Barrel website. Set of six for $4.95. I got tired of searching Walmarts for these straws. I love them! Ruth

  6. lenore on September 21st, 2009 at 6:35 pm:

    I can’t find them at Crate and Barrel. Any other ideas?

  7. Anne on April 17th, 2010 at 10:30 am:

    YEAH!!! I found a set of six reusable straws at Crate and Barrel. They come in a package of
    six pink and orange or
    six blue and green
    for $4.95

    * Acrylic
    * Top-rack dishwasher-safe

    Happy Sipping!

  8. Carol on January 5th, 2011 at 10:16 am:

    I use a pipe cleaner to clean my reusable straws – I found some at DIllards and some at Target in the summer items!

  9. myrt on January 7th, 2011 at 3:32 pm:

    I bought a glass straw at glassstraws.com. I am so pleased with this straw,the top is finished very nice. I bought the 8 inch and I am going to order the 10 inch for my taller glasses. My husband made me a holder from bamboo that we had growing in back yard.They sell a cleaning brush for $5.00 It is the best. Try the glass and you will never go back to plastic. I want to try the stainless, but not sure if it would hurt my teeth.

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