Better sustainability – straws

Based on photographic evidence from my very own Instagram account, it is clear to see that I have been a sucker for a straw for many years without really thinking about it.

Every cocktail, mocktail, smoothie, juice or milkshake I’ve ordered has come with at least one straw (sometimes two or three!)

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Unfortunately, when it comes to plastic straws, the facts suck. The last straw for me was learning that in America, 500 million straws are used PER DAY (ecocycle.org)!

Also I realised that it was ridiculous that a straw I used for the time it took me to have a drink would end up in the ground for approximately 450 years!

In an ex-straw-dinary turn of events I decided to make a change.

I had read online that you can buy reusable metal and glass straws. I decided to buy a pack of 4 glass straws and was eager to try them out!

When my delivery arrived, I was pleased to see the straws were snugly packed in a small cardboard box (“no over-packaging here!” I said to myself with a smile). Once I opened the box I discovered that the straws were individually wrapped in a thin layer of single-use plastic (*sighs*) which I removed and regretfully put in the bin (the exact opposite of what I was trying to achieve!)

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My first ‘strawkward’ experience:

Standing in the queue waiting to order a smoothie with no straw for the first time did make me feel a bit nervous and awkward. Was it a strange request? Would they think I was mad? I just had to suck it up and get on with it.

I decided that I would say “no straw please, I’ve got my own, thanks.” Luckily it went down well with no strange looks or questions. Not as ‘strawkward’ as I had imagined.

After I finished my smoothie, I realised I had to somehow put the glass straw back in my bag to take home to reuse! Of course I was wondering if anyone else in the café would see me wrapping up a glass straw in a tissue, putting said straw in my bag, and think I was strange. In actual fact, no one looked and no one cared (luckily)!

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After months of perfecting my new straw habit, I have gone from feeling ‘strawkward’ to ‘strawesome’ and it’s great!

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Here’s a lovely tray of drinks I ordered from SevernShed with no straws.

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You can order reusable straws from http://www.amazon.co.uk, www.afinechoice.co.uk, www.eco-straws.co.uk and many more if you search online. J

Cheers to plastic-free straws!

Love Lucy Rose


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