Yet, you don't just find straws at fast-food restaurants and theme parks, often people buy them for home use. But there are green alternatives. Paper straws, Nat-UR straws and glass straws.
For children, you will want to go the paper and Nat-UR straw route. The paper ones are biodegradable and the Nat-UR straws are made from Cereplast Compostables resins which are annually renewable, ecologically sound substitutes for petroleum-based plastic products. Nat -UR products replace nearly 100% of the petroleum dependant additives used in traditional plastics with bio-based materials such as corn, wheat, tapioca and potato starches.
Adults can get a little fancier with gorgeous, stylish, glass straws by GlassDharma - a hand-made, USA product. Glass straws don't leach toxins into your food as you drink. Plus, they are really re-usable. They are slick and easy to clean. Just think, every time you use your glass straw there is one less plastic straw ending up in your landfill. One glass straw can replace hundreds of plastic straws. GlassDharma straws are made of borosilicate tubing and is the strongest glass commercially available.You can use them for hot or cold drinks and they are both microwave and dishwasher safe.
I know, you are thinking they will break. Well, mine haven't broken yet. And Glass Dharma straws are fully backed by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee at BuyGreen and a manufacturer's Lifetime Guarantee against breakage. So, if they ever break, you can get them replaced for free.
I have two GlassDharma straws. They are GORGEOUS. Hey, being green can be stylish! They are thick, sturdy with a splash of color using glass beads. That also helps differentiate them in your house or at a party. I have one with red (mine) and one with blue (hubby's). But there is also one with green and another with clear glass dots.
I feel like it's just another small step to helping reduce our carbon footprint. Plus, they make awesome hostess gifts! I suggest checking out BuyGreen for straws for both you and your children! It's like a one-stop shop for all your green-needs! Commercial, Personal, Children items and adult - there is an amazing selection that can fill any organic bag!