We all love drinking with a straw.
Apart from the fact it just feels ... well, nice, they also help to protect our teeth from acidic drinks.
But there is one BIG disadvantage - this 'single use' product will never biodegrade and takes hundreds of years only to break apart into small pieces that will remain for an indefinite amount of time.
In the USA, over 500 million straws are used in a single day - and us Aussies are just as fond of the humble straw. Just picture all that plastic building up in a landfill.
Or, if you want to picture it another way, enough plastic straws are produced annually to fill over 46,000 full-sized buses.
Instead of giving up your straws entirely, now is a great time to invest in a reusable straw.
Luckily there are numerous options available in Australia, check out some of our favourites below.
Love Bubble Tea? The popular drink may be an acquired taste, but there is no doubt it's in high demand!
Luckily, there are thick reusable straws that are perfect for slurping up even the most massive cup of Tapioca Pearl Bubble Tea.
Amazon.com.au has straws perfect for BOBA and smoothies priced from $14.83.
For bonus points, use a reusable cup to hold your Bubble Tea.
Love drinking from straws, but hate the environmental impact of single use objects, especially when they are made of plastic?
Enter, Alyce Alenxandra's silicone straws – made from 100% food grade silicone, these flexible straws will last you a lifetime without polluting the environment and while protecting your teeth.
Perfect for kids and adults! Extra wide straws perfect for all drinks, including thickshakes and smoothies.
Pack includes 5 different coloured straws + 1 specially designed cleaning brush plus, these ones are child friendly!
Glass drinking straws are taste-neutral and safe, perfect if you have trouble eating solid food.. but these straws are not a toy. Children certainly should not use the straws unsupervised.
Biome has four options of glass straws available, starting at $9.95 for a 9mm straight straw.
Bamboo straws are an excellent alternative to single use straws.
These ones from Flora and Funa are a great fun and stylish alternative made with no glue or lacquers and a natural, food safe, oil finish available in a 6 pack + cleaning brush for $12.95.