Lately, the news is full of stories and articles regarding single use plastics and how damaging they are too the environment. One of the biggest polluters being single use plastic straws. For every argument saying these straws should be banned because of the damage they do to environment there is another to say that banning them won’t help solve the issue. Well I’m no expert but using as little single use plastic as we can only be good thing and help in its own small way, it may not solve the problem but it won’t make it worse.
So while most of us want to use as little plastic as possible and become more environmentally friendly, it is quite hard to do and we need help. Some supermarkets and now using paper bags, some are trialling bringing your own refillable containers to buy loose food and restaurants and takeaways are switching to paper straws.
On the issue of paper straws, I don’t like them. Yes, they replace plastic but for me not as good. They go soggy (especially with milkshakes) and add a slight taste to the drink. Therefore, I was delighted when I found a new option in glass straws.
VASO Glass Straws are a fantastic alternative to single use plastic, paper and even reusable plastic drinking straws. Made from German engineered Schott glass, with rounded corners, shatterproof construction and stress tested to withstand twice the maximum adult human bite capacity, they are perfectly safe, much more environmentally friendly and no waste.
These premium glass straws are available in three lengths, 150mm (mini), 200mm (standard) and 230mm (large), perfect for cocktails up to pint glasses. At a cost of around £10-12 for a pack of 4 they are a cost effective alternative to buying other straws as they can be washed and reused over and over again.
They are free from BPA, toxins, plastics, mineral oils and are recyclable, sustainable, very environmentally friendly and even dishwasher safe.
To continue with the environmentally friendly theme, these straws do not come with cleaning brushes (as other brands found on the internet do), this is again to reduce waste – as these can become dirty and need replacing which creates more landfill as they are usually made from metal stems with plastic bristles.
While most straws are used with cold drinks, these can also be used with hot drinks as well as they are temperature resistant (we have been using them with hot coffee with no issues). No matter what you are using them with, they do not affect taste (as I find when I use paper straws).
We have really enjoyed using these straws. They are a great replacement for single use plastic straws. They are environmentally friendly and fully recyclable (can be out in a glass recycling bin), contain no nasty chemicals and feel really nice when using them. They are easy to clean, whether by hand or by dishwasher and they look cool in a glass.
While the initial outlay might be more than you would pay for a pack of straws, they are cheaper in the long run, in more ways than one!
These will be available to buy soon so check out glassstraw.co.uk for more information.
A must for any environmentally conscious person or someone who just wants to reduce their plastic use, or even just to add a bit of style and quirkiness to your drinks.
For more information visit glassstraw.co.uk.