The Last Straw

Reusable Bamboo Straws

You may have noticed something missing at some of your favorite bars and restaurants recently, plastic straws.

Over the past few months what was once a whisper by environmental activists has now become a full on nationwide war cry calling for a ban on plastic straws.

The movement to oust plastic straws has spread across the U.S., from Miami Beach, where straws are now banned, to Malibu, where the prohibition also extends to single-use plastic utensils and stirrers with restaurants moving to either paper straws, bamboo straws or “no-straw” policies.

Ordering your drinks without straws is a small sacrifice but a big step to reducing the amount of plastic we produce and waste.

How can you help? 

  1. Support restaurants that are embracing the change.   Starbucks has pledged to be straw free by 2020 (you may have noticed the new sippy cup style lids) and my favorite spot California Pizza Kitchen, who’s yummy drinks are pictured below, is doing their part to cut down waste by only offering plastic straws upon request.
  2. BYOS- Bring your own straw.  If you can’t completely say bye bye to straws try carrying a reusuable straw with you. I am a HUGE fan of Primal Ethic’s Bamboo Drinking Straws.  They are sustainably sourced, reusable, natural, organic and biodegradable PLUS they look really cool, are super fashionable and a great conversation starter.

Reusable Bamboo Straws

Reusable Bamboo Straws

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  1. WOW…this is so interesting. I didn’t realize this but yet it seems so obvious and it makes sense. Enlightening others with the little things really does matter. Thank you!

  2. I think the environment is an important, but often overlooked issue in our society. I agree that plastic straws need to be limited, or at least be able to be reused more than once. Most drinks can be even be drunken without a straw, even most pop/sodas!

  3. I am so excited about this phemonenom and I hope it continues to spread. I am also definitely going to get those straws. I’ve been meaning to buy some reusable ones to keep in my purse and I like them because they’re bamboo. You mostly see stainless steel or silicone, which are good alternatives, but I like the idea of biodegrable straws too. Thanks for a great post! I will definitely share this!

    1. Another reason I love these is that they come with a carrying bag to put them in and two cleaning brushes!

  4. It’s so great that you can bring your own straws, I’ll have to check this brand out. We have glass straws that we use at home and which are great for smoothies!

  5. Love the bamboo straws. The banning of plastic straw was quite big in London with some major newspaper getting involved too!

  6. This is a great move by the restaurants. Glad to see that social media brought on this much needed change. I really prefer to bring my own reusable straw too.

  7. I’ve seen that video, it’s so horrible all the trash and garbage in the water. I hope this straw thing spreads and more people go strapless or use plastic alternatives.

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