August 11,  2020

GRASS IS GREENER THAN: METAL

Many people have accepted the fact that plastic straws suck-- it even has it's very own hashtag with 11.2k uses so far. With the awareness that plastic pollution is at a new all-time high every turning day, there has been an incredible movement of people who refuse plastic straws. Thankfully with some innovation we weren't stuck drinking from the cup (ew) for long, which brings us to the most common alternatives: paper straws, glass straws, bamboo straws, silicone straws, "bio-plastic" straws, hay straws and lastly the metal straw. Who ever knew straws would take on so many different forms? Which reusable straw is best? Which straw is truly the most sustainable solution? Are those the only choices?

Those are all the questions that basically brought us here to Estee, the home of the grass straw. To make sure we were the cleanest, greenest solution to eco-friendly straws and were answering to a true need, we dug into each straw to collect as much information and feedback from users to compare. Today we'll delve into the world of the metal straw and all of its pros and cons.

The Truth About Metal Straws

Sustainability: It's a no-brainer that when it comes to sustainability the metal straw comes under much scrutiny. The nickel used to make this straw is not sustainable as it creates massive water-land pollution from its mining. Obviously being made of metal also knocks it right off the "biodegradable" shelf. However, if someone uses the straw 150 times it can be said to offset the impact-- but this is only in comparison to plastic straws which are only used once and then thrown to waste. This means no losing your metal straw and no buying a cute new one every time you see one that's -so- you. At the end of it's life you have to take it to a designated metal recycling facility to consider it truly recyclable. How many people are actually going to do that?

Reviews: How do metal straws feel and taste in your drink? Well, because it is temperature sensitive, this straw gets hot or cold depending on the temperature outside or inside the straw. If you leave this straw in your car on a hot day, beware, it will get really, really hot. That being said, it is not ideal for drinking hot beverages. As far as the cold goes, some people have complained about being sensitive to the way metal feels on their teeth. The cost of a metal straw is very affordable at around $7-$10 each. The quality does vary between manufacturers which is why you need to ensure it's made with food grade stainless steel. The pros are that this straw has a very minimal "other" taste unlike some other alternatives. They're also easy to clean, but on the other hand you also have to clean them.

Warnings: Since the unfortunate passing of a metal straw user, many warnings have been made restricting it's use for safety concerns. Metal straws are not to be used with lids, bottles, or anything else with a narrow mouth. Restricting it's movement can be the difference between a life-and-death altercation with a straw. They recommend not using metal straws in cars, while walking, or any other kind of motion because coming to an abrupt stop could cause serious injury or worse. Lastly, these straws are not meant for children as there were many reports about children cutting their mouths on the sharp edges, leading Starbucks to recall 2.5 million straws back in 2016.

The Consensus:

There is no doubt that compared to plastic, metal straws are helping to keep clean up the environment (if you use the straw at least 150 times). However, compared to the grass straw it pales in comparison. From sustainability to safety the grass straw exceeds the current standards of an eco-friendly solution. If you're looking for a straw that's truly good for the Earth, click here to find out more or purchase directly below!

125 Reusable Organic Grass Drinking Straws

125 Reusable Organic Grass Drinking Straws

$28.00

100% Organic, Chemical-Free, Fully Biodegradable, Reusable & Disposable Drinking Straws. Great for hot and cold drinks! Even better for the Earth.


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Grass is Greener: A Series. Every week we will explore different alternatives to the plastic straw to see if they are true solutions to not only plastic pollution, but waste and sustainability.

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