Straw Buying Guide

Guide to Reusable & Compostable Straws

In the last few years many new products have become available as great and simple alternatives to single use plastic straws.  So which straw should you get?  We have created this overview to help you decide.

Stainless Steel Straws:

As reusable straws go, Stainless Steel offers the best in terms of strength, durability and overall aesthetic appeal. From modern kitchen appliances to failed 80s sports cars, nobody can doubt that the smooth feel and shiny glimmer of stainless steel gives an unparalleled impression of quality and style.

Perfect For: First class sipping on the go, Just carry it with you in the bottom of a backpack or purse and it will take a beating and be ready for you when you need it.

Appearance: Best looking straw you can get in lots of eye catching shiny colors!

Made From: Polished Type 304, 18/8 Stainless Steel. Colored straws (Rose Gold, Gold, and Black) have been created using an electroplating process. This coating is very durable however it can be scratched off with a sharp object. The rainbow straws have been created with a PVD(Physical Vapor Deposition) method process and completely non-toxic.

Cleaning: Handwash with one of our specialized cleaning brushes, diskwasher or sterilize in boiling water.

Special Considerations: While great for cold beverages on a hot day, stainless straws are not safe for hot beverages; as the metal can get very warm causing a risk of burns.  Also, the rigidness of
the stainless straws have the potential to cause injury if being used recklessly while running or during sudden movements.

Bamboo Straws:

Our 100% natural bamboo straws not only look incredible, they are also completely biodegradable and compostable since there is nothing else to them but bamboo!  These straws are carefully hand-made from fast reproducing bamboo plants found in Northern India by local artisans who are paid fair living wages.

Perfect For: While traditionally used in areas of India to consume beer, their unique appearance is also perfect for drinking anything out of a coconut. While they are reusable, they are also compostable as an extra added bonus.

Appearance: Rugged and robust with a natural appeal, you will find that no two are alike. No artificial manufacturing or fabrication here.  Simple, elegant and fun!

Made From: Real whole bamboo stalks.  Nothing re-compressed or processed. grown organically.

Cleaning: Use a jar of warm water with soap to shake them clean, or clean with a pipe cleaner or cleaning brush. Dishwasher not recommended.

Special Considerations:  A purchase of bamboo straws is a vote for sustainable materials. The straws can last for years and years when properly cared for.

Glass Straws:

There is just something about the look and feel of pure glass for which there is no substitute. Maintenance and hygiene are not much of an issue with these straws. When they are being washed, you can clearly see the interior of the straws which help to identify any dirt or remnants left behind. These straws are lightweight and can withstand hot and cold temperatures.

Perfect For: Those who want the sturdiness of a stainless steel straw and don’t mind compromising transparency for durability. Until somebody finally develops transparent aluminium, these will still be your best option for a reusable straw that you can see through. Good for hot or cold beverages, or if you are not too fond of the slight metallic taste of stainless straws. Just don’t keep them in
your pocket when you sit down.

Appearance: It’s a long skinny clear glass tubes,

Made From: Borosilicate Glass

Cleaning: Easy maintenance, as you can easily see whether it is clean. Dishwasher safe.

Special Considerations:  Straws are very lightweight, but also fragile because, you know, they’re made of glass.

Hard Plastic Straws:

Reusable plastic straws come in a variety of colors, patterns and lengths.  They are inexpensive and reusable, and provide the most variety in terms of options available.

Perfect For: Cold drinks that need a little injection of personality

Appearance: Translucent colored plastic or patterned.

Made From: PP plastic, BPA Free.

Cleaning: Hand wash in warm water

Special Considerations:  Acrylic straws are are rigid and will crack if bitten so these are not ideal
for children.  Plastic straws are more likely to absorb stains and bacteria than other materials. Use a straw cleaner and replace worn out straws promptly. Reusable plastic straws can last from a few months up to a few years.

Silicone Straws:

The perfect coffee companion, allowing you to enjoy your coffee without staining your teeth. very tough and long lasting, designed specifically for hot beverages and for fitting through the slot in a takeout coffee cup lid. This straw does it all. Only downside, it’s just not as shiny as stainless
steel.

Perfect For: Coffee and other Hot Drinks, (but don’t have to ignore your cold drinks either!)

Appearance: Colored, flexible, flat and angled with a mate rubbery look.

Made From: 100% Silicone

Cleaning: Silicone’s non-stick properties make them much easier to clean relative to other reusable straws. Rinse in water or use cleaning brush. they are dishwasher safe and can even be sterilized in boiling water.

Special Considerations:  Silicone straws are very flexible. You can bend them closer to your mouth
and they bounce back when released, Silicone straws are very tough and durable and will last for many years.

Compostable Single Use Straws

So you want something sustainable that you don’t need to worry about having to clean it. Not a problem. Our 100% single use compostable straws are here for you!

Perfect For: House parties, Restaurants, Bars, Weddings, Anniversaries, BBQs, Beach parties, Cocktail receptions, Dinners, Game nights, Box socials, Shindigs, Hootenannies or anyone who just hates doing dishes.

Appearance: Matte Black

Made From: 100% renewable resources Certified by BPI to meet ASTM standards for compostability

Cleaning: If you successfully clean and reuse these straws, you are instantly granted our official green crown proclaiming you the unequivocal king of sustainability

Special Considerations:  One time use only, they will degrade as they remain in liquid for a long period of time. Fantastic alternative to single use plastic straws.