Metal straws… useful?

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Sustainability

January 16, 2020


by Kaylynn Senne, ’23

Sustainability Studies major

One of the most common issues known amongst young people right now is our straw use and how it is affecting the turtles. Social media is full of people advocating for ocean life due to the large amount of trash that is finding its way into our oceans and seas. Save the turtles… It’s a viral movement where people are choosing to cut plastic straws out of their lives and instead use a metal one in hope of cutting down the number of turtles that are being found with straws in their bodies, killing them.

In light of this popular trend, I decided that I would try out metal straws and see if they were as good as people made them out to be. This past week my sister, Sam, and I have been carrying two straws with us, in an attempt to deny any plastic straw we came across. Our goal was to not use any plastic straws all week, we denied straws from fast food places and anywhere else we came across them at, at least for the most part. Admittedly I forgot my straw at home when getting food one time and took a plastic straw. However, I found that when I had my straws in my purse or backpack, I was able to keep at least a handful of straws out of the ocean this week.

At first, I was skeptical about using metal straws. Are my drinks going to taste like metal? Am I even going to use it or am I wasting my money? Are they easy to clean? After using stainless steel straws for a week, I found that they taste normal and mine even came with little rubber tips you can put on the tip of your straw (which is nice if u like to chew on your straws, Sam does). The metal straws are small and easy to carry, there are metal straws you can buy that fold up and attach to your keychain, which is very convenient and useful. I got my straws from the local Walmart, I have also seen them sold at gas stations. The straws I bought were a little under five dollars for four straws, tips, and a cleaner. My straws did not fold up, but I still found myself using and carrying them easily since I carry a backpack almost everywhere I go, it really is whatever you prefer. Buying a metal straw and using it is not hard and it’s a great way to help out our animals without making a big change in your everyday life. I 100% recommend buying metal straws if you are looking for a way to make a difference, they are practical and help us keep plastic ones from the ocean.

Like this topic? Read my next post about my experience using eco-friendly dryer balls.

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