What is the best reusable straw for the planet?

best reusable straws

By Lottie Dalziel

The catalyst for starting Banish was my quest for the best reusable straw. When I googled “what is the best reusable straw for the planet?” I found thousands of results but no answer to my question. Once I settled on my straw of choice, days later it arrived individually wrapped in plastic, I felt disheartened, unmotivated and disappointed. A simple problem led me to create a simple solution, Banish. But today let’s take you back to where it all began and so let’s find the best straw for you.

P.s if you’re not convinced about why quitting plastic straws is a good idea here’s more info

1. Silicone

Silicone straws are my top pick for kids. They come in four favourite colours, are soft on growing teeth and easy to clean - just throw them in the dishwasher. For the big kids we also sell these handy JOCO key-ring straws so you will never leave the house without one.

2. Stainless steel

    Personally my go-to choice, stainless steel straws are easy to wash, easy to transport and easy to use. Made from marine-grade stainless steel they won’t rust and are great for those on the go. 

    3. Bamboo

      Whilst a good solution, my biggest struggle with bamboo straws is that they can’t be soaked or washed in the dishwasher. To clean them you need to rinse and use a tiny brush to remove any excess. 

      4. Paper straws

        The main reason I don’t like paper straws is because like paper straws they are also single-use. Whilst yes, they will disappear far faster than any other alternative a lot of resources go into making one for it to be used for a couple of minutes.

        5. Glass straws

          Glass straws look great and offer a superb slurping experience. Whilst most brands are made strong enough to last more care is needed than the other options so don’t leave them rolling around in the bottom of your bag. 

          About the author

          Lottie Dalziel is the founder and editor in chief of Banish. She has a passion for the environment and wants to help educate and inspire individuals to make small changes towards a more sustainable future. Stay up to date with her latest challenges on Instagram @banish.au.


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