Glass Straws: Ditch the Plastic!
A little while ago, Bec and I discovered a store tucked away in Brisbane called Biome. This neat little shop is dedicated to all things eco friendly, natural and green, and brings together a collection of some of the best (local!) brands fighting the cause.
Browsing their goodies, it didn’t take me long before I came across these completely reusable glass straws by EarthGlass!
As a person who drinks a green smoothie most mornings, I really do hate using plastic straws! These glass straws are entirely reusable (and dishwasher safe to boot!) – meaning I’ll never have to toss out a plastic straw again!
Related: Switch to a Glass Water Bottle!
On first glance I had a few questions running through my head: how the heck do you clean these?! How easily will these shatter? Is this even safe?
If you still need some convincing, here’s a few reasons why to choose a glass straw:
- Eco friendly: 500,000,000 plastic straws are produced every day. That’s a butt load of straws! What’s worse is that most of these end up in landfill, and others in our oceans. By supporting these eco-friendly alternatives (and the wonderful businesses that make it all possible!) you really can make a difference!
- Reusable: Unlike plastic, these straws can be washed and reused again and again!
- Easy to clean: I would recommend giving these a quick rinse straight after use (so that nothing becomes caked-on on the inside of the straw!). Follow up by putting them in the dishwasher, or wash by hand. You can also buy these adorable baby straw cleaners to clean those hard to reach spots!
- Not easily breakable: Though they probably won’t withstand a drop, the glass on these straws is very thick and tough (think pyrex) – highly unlikely to break or chip with normal use. A quick look on their site (here!) says that these straws are crafted out of borosilicate glass, the strongest glass commercially available.
- For hot & cold drinks: These glass straws are suitable for hot and cold drinks alike! You don’t have to worry about it leaching toxins or nasty stuff into your hot beverages. Can’t say the same for plastic.
- Different sizes, shapes & colours!: Fancy a fat straw? You can buy these in 12mm and 8mm diameters (pictured below!). I bought both to try out, just because I prefer a fatter straw for drinking a thicker smoothie. You can also buy these in a variety of fun colours through the EarthGlass or Biome website (though I quite like the clear).
I’ve been using these for a few weeks now, and have really loved them and would recommend them to anyone trying to make juicing, smoothies or shakes a part of their lifestyle. With juicing and smoothies becoming so popular these days, I’d love to see these pop up in cafes!
Would you try out glass straws?