Recently, Coles and Woolworths have removed single use plastic bags from their stores in an effort to combat the negative effect plastic is having on our environment. The integration of their 4 kinds of reusable bags, has allowed for consumers to be more aware of the environmental issue at hand, and make environmentally conscious decisions when shopping. While the initiative to ban plastic bags is a step in the right direction, there are still many sources of plastic causing our environment harm, including plastic straws. A number of businesses have now opted to remove plastic straws from their menu, and are providing environmentally friendly straws i.e. Paper, Bamboo and Metal Straws, or are encouraging customers to bring their own reusable straws.
Environmental Factors – Metal Straws
There are a number of benefits associated with using metal straws over plastic straws. We’ll start with the obvious. Metal straws are reusable, and therefore have a much longer life than plastic disposable straws. Plastic straws are typically used once and then sent to landfill. Plastic can take thousands of years to break down, and release harmful toxins into the atmosphere as it does so. Think of it this way, any straw you have ever used in your life is most likely still sitting in landfill in its full state.
Stainless steel is perfectly safe to drink from, they are not toxic. A majority of your kitchen appliances currently will be made from stainless steel. These metal straws are BPA free, and do not expose you to harmful chemicals that plastic straws have been known to do. Stainless steel straws are dishwasher safe, so they can be cleaned with all your other utensils. Kmart sells metal straws with a cleaning brush to scrub those hard to reach places.
Habit Changing Ideas
- Say no to plastic straws. If you’re out for drinks with friends, reconsider that plastic straw, do you really need one?
- Carry your own metal straws. Ladies, carry a metal straw or two in your handbags and be ready for all occasions.
- Keep some metal straws at your workplace. Whether its in your desk drawer or in the workplace kitchen, having your metal straws handy for your morning smoothie will make all the difference.
- Gift metal straws. Metal straws can make a great little present filler. Gift metal straws to your friends to encourage them to make the switch.
While you cant change the choices you’ve made in the past, you can alter your decisions in the future, and purchase your own reusable metal straws. A number of retailers are now selling metal straws including Kmart. Google search Metal Straws and find a stockist near you. The sooner you make the change, the sooner you start making a difference to the environment.