Glass straws are one of my favorite non-plastic alternatives on the market. With the growing concern about the harmful effects of BPA plastic used to manufacture straws and other products, and our ever-growing landfills, non-plastic straws are sounding better and looking it too. These borosilicate glass straws are sleek, clean, long-lasting and landfill friendly. Read more for details...
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Compared with other reusable competitors, borosilicate glass straws have some distinct advantages. Other materials for reusable straws include stainless steel, bamboo and acrylic. The stainless steel straw would be the most durable. However, it doesn't come in the variety of diameters that borosilicate glass does. The bamboo straw may be the most eco-friendly, however, its porous nature and cleaning challenges make it a short-lived option. And finally, the acrylic straw, while long-lasting and reusable, is not made of an eco-friendly material.
Borosilicate glass straws can be used both hot and cold. (Yes, some people like drinking hot beverages with straws!) And it was a shiny, clean, transparent appearance.
At the end of the day, it all has to do with your preferences for functionality and looks. The most important features are reusability and avoiding harmful BPA plastic. If Americans stopped using disposable straws, we would prevent 127 busloads of straws PER DAY from being thrown out (bestrawfree.org).
The 411 on Borosilcate Glass:
• Non-porous and hypo-allergenic.
• Strongest commercially available glass on the market. Both lightweight and strong.
• Used for high-quality beverage glassware and kitchenware (like Pyrex, measuring
cups, coffee pots, etc.).
• Microwave and dishwasher safe.
• BPA plastic and toxin free.
Cleaning Glass Straws:
• Two cleaning brushes are available but not required.
• Submerge straws in soap and very warm water shortly after use.
• If straws dry out before rinsing, use a dishwasher.
• If straws dry out and a dishwasher is not available, use the cleaning brush.