We are Addressing These 5 Concerns You May Have on Reusable Straws
And a quick guide to help you choose the right reusable straw.
Plastic straws pretty much took over the world since their introduction in the 1960s. They gained popularity quickly because of
one very simple reason — society’s demand for convenience. People wanted something fuss-free, single-use and disposable. Ironically, these are the reasons why societies are trying to eliminate the use of plastic straws today (okay, except for fuss-free).
The Malaysian Government joined the global effort and announced last month that plastic straws will be banned in all the Federal
Territories (Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan) from 1 Jan 2019. This certainly is a step forward for Malaysia. Currently, we use
approximately 30 million plastic straws every day (that is about the size of our entire population). Therefore, it is our sincere hope that the new restriction will help set a greater momentum for Malaysia’s to adopt the zero waste principles at the institutional level.
With the gradual elimination of plastic straws, more alternatives are being produced — metal, glass, bamboo, silicone and more. These alternatives are no doubt eco-friendly and sustainable. However, the excitement around reusable straws is also met with some doubts.
Here we at The Hive Bulk Foods would like to clear up some concerns you may have and, hopefully, help you choose which reusable straw may be the best for you.
For most of the people, the straw is something that can easily do without. It is awesome as long as you are refusing plastic straws. For some, there is still something very satisfying about sipping the drink (especially a smoothie!) through a straw. For those who pay more attention to teeth health, using the straw correctly may be extremely beneficial as well.
Most of us walk around with a bag. One piece of reusable straw would not take up much space. In addition, having one with you
helps remind you to ask for no straw whenever you dine in. Because most of us end up using one just because we forget to mention it.
Reusable straws are easily cleaned. Straw cleaning brush comes in various sizes to help to clean the inner side of the straw thoroughly. If you don’t trust the dishwasher in some restaurants, you always have the option to bring your own.
People do occasionally get a metallic taste while using metal straws specifically. However, the best way to avoid this is to wash it several times before using it, and the metallic taste does fade over time. Better yet, use a glass straw. No foreign taste will be transferred to your drinks.
Metal and glass straws are not. But you have the options to use either silicone straws or bamboo straws, depending on their ages. For younger kids, it is best to opt for silicone straws. They are safe for children aged 2 to 4.
WHICH ONE IS THE BEST REUSABLE STRAW FOR YOU?
There are a variety of reusable straw types to choose from, depending on your lifestyles and preferences.
1. If you are a clean freak, choose a Glass Straw because you can see through it to ensure it is thoroughly cleaned with no residue.
2. If you travel a lot and use a straw quite frequently, choose a Metal Straw because it is the most durable of all types. It can
probably outlive you and me.
3. If you are into all things natural, a Bamboo Straw is the best for you. Bamboo is easy to grow, extremely durable and pesticide
4. If you’re buying for your kids, as mentioned above, Silicone Straws are the best option. They are bendable and unbreakable.
They are also free from harmful carcinogens commonly associated with plastic straws. Not to mention that they are also colourful!
5. If you absolutely need disposable straws, go for the Paper Straws.
They are not reusable but it is 100% compostable. They are
fantastic for parties!
Voila! There you go. There should not be anymore reasons to keep using plastic straws. All these reusable straws are available here at The Hive Bulk Foods‘ online store. If you would like to have a closer look at the options, you can visit our 2 flagship stores and 4 pop-ups around Kuala Lumpur.
After all, we at The Hive Bulk Foods recognise that plastic straws represent only 4% of total plastic use in the world. However,
hopefully by giving up plastic straws should help lead us to also stop using other types of plastic. Together, let us choose our planet over plastic. Let us take small steps towards a total zero waste lifestyle.