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Five Plastic Straw Alternatives

We all know that single-use plastics are harmful to the environment and wildlife, and taking small steps to reduce our waste can have an enormous impact. In an effort to reduce, reuse and recycle, people throughout the US have decided to ditch plastic straws. While there is no nationwide mandate, in 2018, cities nationwide started to ban the use of plastic straws. The Hot Girls set off to do research and were quite surprised at the results! With all of the straw alternatives out there, how do you choose? We break down the pros and cons of an array of straw alternatives to help you choose your best fit!

Hot Girls Least Favorite

The most affordable alternative out there; these straws come in a range of fun colors and designs to add flare to a table setting. 


  • Great alternative for a large gathering or restaurant/catering use
  • Variety of patterns and colors


  • Gets soggy very quickly (Gross!)
  • Not reusable

The Natural Option

Bamboo straws are the most natural alternative and are often handmade.


  • Natural material
  • Come in a variety of sizes both in length and wide of the straw opening; no two are alike
  • The wider opening straws are great for a thicker beverage like a shake.


  • Has a woody aftertaste
  • Does not have as much longevity as glass, metal, or silicone options
  • Not dishwasher safe

Best for Travel and Kids!

Silicone straws are a safe, chemical-free alternative.


  • The straw can be folded into small traveling cases, making them easy to take on the go
  • Good for kids
  • Soft material


  • Very bendable (can take some getting used)
  • Harder to clean than other options

Hot Girls Runner-Up

Metal straws, stainless steel in particular, are the most common plastic straw alternative out there.


  • Durable
  • Come in a variety of shapes and sizes (including foldable that make it easy to take on the go)
  • Widely available 
  • Easy to travel with 


  • Hard material (if you like to chew on your straw, this option is not for you!)
  • Gets very cold/hot depending on the beverage

Hot Girls Favorite!

Depending on where you shop, glass straws can be little pieces of art with various designs and colors.


  • Non-toxic
  • Suitable for hot and cold beverages
  • Visually appealing


  • Thicker than other alternatives (takes getting used to)
  • Most expensive alternative straw on this list
  • Breakable; does not travel well

All in all, you can’t go wrong with any plastic straw alternative! Whichever choice you enjoy most will depend on your personal preference.

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