We’re sure you’ve seen all the instagrams and news articles. Reusable metal straws are the cool new thing. And, those regular single use plastic straws you’re using? They are so 2017. Why the sudden hype? Plastic straws lead to a significant amount of waste which in turn causes pollution. Due to this fact, many cities and companies all around the world have recently started to pass bans on single use straws.
All this media attention has left us wondering-should we jump on the metal straw bandwagon and fork over our hard earned money to purchase one? Or is it just another gimmick to take your money and clutter your space? Read more to find out.
Do you need a straw anyway?
That is entirely up weather you find value in using one in the first place!! Straws are not a new invention. They date back almost 5,000 years. The oldest straw was found in a Sumerian tomb dating from 3,000 BCE! They were originally invented to help separate debris from liquid while drinking. Since then, many iterations have been created to solve various problems- Paper straws were invented as an upgrade to grass straws, which would disintegrate in drinks. Bendy straws were another version invented to help a children reach their drinks at soda fountains in the 1950’s. As fun and historical as straws are, when it comes down to it, are they really a necessity for hydration? You can drink any drink the regular old sipping way!
Is a metal straw a good investment?
If you do decide that you would like to have some straws in your house, there are lots of choices. An internet search will bring up thousands of reusable straw options- paper, glass, pasta, bamboo, and metal, just to name a few! If you are in the market for a straw, we think a metal one is the best investment. You can fit it in your bag and bring it with you to restaurants and use it at home in all your drinks. Just make sure if you buy one that you’ll use it. The last thing anyone needs is more clutter in their life!
SipWell Stainless Steel Drinking Straws- $6
Eco at Heart Reusable Straws- $15