8 Advantages of Reusable Glass Straws Over Plastic

If you love drinking iced tea, lemonade, or other beverages with large ice cubes in them, you’ve probably thought about getting rid of plastic straws completely and purchasing some reusable glass straws instead. This idea has its merits! For one thing, reusable glass straws last much longer than single-use plastic straws, meaning you won’t have to replace them as often and can enjoy using them for years to come.

1) There are various kinds to choose from

We all know plastic straws are bad for us. They’re not biodegradable, and we don’t realize how much damage they cause to our environment. However, it is often believed that glass straws aren’t any better for our health or planet, because they can’t be recycled. The good news is there are a number of alternatives to traditional glassware that are dishwasher safe, reusable and eco-friendly.

2) They fit in any glass or cup

The first thing that comes to mind when we mention glass straws is that it will fit in any glass or cup you have. This means you can reuse your glassware rather than washing it out. Let’s face it, we all want to save water and energy whenever possible! Glass straws are completely reusable, so there’s no need to purchase new ones every time you want a drink. Instead, just grab one from your stash and pop it into whatever glass you’re using. It really couldn’t be easier!

3) Some come with cleaning brushes

If you want to avoid using plastic straws, then getting a reusable straw that comes with a cleaning brush is an even better alternative. This way, you can keep your glass straw clean and ready for use whenever it’s needed. Plus, cleaning it once or twice a week will not be too much trouble at all.

4) Glass won’t scratch, making them easy to clean

Glass straws are made to be reused. Rather than tossing them in a recycling bin and calling it a day, you can carefully rinse them after each use, place them back in their case, and store them for your next cold beverage. This means that you won’t have to worry about scratches—and who wants to drink from a scratched glass straw? No one. Not only that, but rinsing your straw will help ensure that it doesn’t harbor germs or bacteria.

5) There are many colors and styles available

Glass straws come in so many colors, shapes and sizes that it’s easy to find one that fits your taste and style. They also come in several different materials, including glass and bamboo. You can even get creative with paint or decals to make them match your décor perfectly. Glass straws are better for you than plastic: Aside from being pretty, glass is much better for you than plastic straws. It won’t leach chemicals into your drinks like some plastics do, and glass straws are reusable so they don’t add to landfills like their disposable counterparts do. Glass straws help reduce waste: One thing that makes glass utensils stand out over other options is how durable they are. Glass won’t chip or break as easily as ceramic, metal or plastic utensils will.

6) The straws are stronger than plastic straws

Glass is stronger than plastic, so glass straws can withstand chewing or biting much better than their fragile plastic counterparts. When you’re out and about, it’s inevitable that your glass straw might get chipped or broken; don’t worry—they can easily be replaced. If a glass straw gets too dirty to reuse, it can also be recycled with other glass items when you are ready to toss it in your recycling bin.

7) You can get reusable tumblers with a built-in straw

If you prefer to drink through a straw and get your daily dose of H2O, then it’s time to switch over to glass straws. And while they may look a little different than what you’re used to, these reusable utensils are as affordable and practical as ever. In fact, there are even tumblers on Our Dining Table with a built-in straw (like these ones) that can make drinking smoother than ever before!

8) Switching one person at a time makes an impact.

Just one person switching to reusable glass straws can make a big difference for our oceans. If that isn’t motivation to kick plastic straw habits, we don’t know what is. It may seem like a small thing, but with over 200 million straws being used every day in America alone, those small things add up fast. And if everyone made even just one small change like bringing their own utensils and glassware to restaurants—we could make a world of difference for marine life and protect it for future generations.