Glass Straws: Reduce Plastic and Have Fun While Doing It

Glass straws! Why?

Plastic Cup

Our Old Cups....

I personally like to reduce the amount of plastic I use to a minimum. It is a petroleum product after all, and though one cannot abstain completely, one can reduce the amount used.

Everyone knows your morning green smoothie tastes better in a fast food shaped cup. There’s something about a cup with a straw and a lid that makes things more pleasurable and familiar. For goodness sakes, drinking green liquid is one of the most foreign things you can introduce to your daily routine.

Being a child of the eighties, I was advertised to from a young age. I still remember every commercial jingle. Watching cartoons, I was familiar with every cereal brand and fast food characters. Fast food and it’s imagery make me feel safe, warm, and tingly. I wish it didn’t. But why fight it? I can use the part of me that wants a Wendy’s Frosty and drink my smoothie that’s spinach, chocolate, and ice and play pretend. It’s delicious- it just happens to be green and good for me and in a fun cup!

I started with these diner looking cups from Costco. A pack of three for $19 was perfect for our three person family. And we all get our own colored straws!

We still use them on the go or when we have our two year old neighbor visit.

But as fun as a transition the plastic cups were, when I realized I prefer glass, I replaced the plastic with the quart sized wide mouth mason jars. They’re super easy to clean (because of the wide mouth) and I ordered plastic lids in case I couldn’t finish a smoothie and wanted to save it for later in the fridge. You can buy cute cut out lids from etsy that come with a mason jar.

I spent a day and a half researching glass straws. You can buy plain glass drinking straws, but they tend to roll off the counter top and shatter. In response to the runaway straws, some people make drinking straws with dots on them. The dots can identify who’s glass drinking straw is who’s by being different colors, like our handy plastic ones. The dots are a super smart idea.

But why have a dot, if you can have an adorable animal! I asked my husband if he wanted a dot or an animal, and he responded in his british accent in a higher pitch than usual, “I would like the turtle.” I’m glad I have a husband who isn’t afraid to play “fun time.”

So I ordered a froggy for myself and a dragonfly for my daughter. Frogs are my favorite animals, and Cossette is mysterious, illusive, and rare like a dragonfly.

I got my straws through Etsy seller ManyMinis if you want to look at her other cute stuff!

Make sure you pick up a straw cleaner somewhere. I think I got my straw brush at Bed Bath and Beyond or Surfas, but a lot of kits will sell you the brush with the straws themselves. You can put glass straws in the dishwasher, but I think my animal will last longer handwashing it. Glass gets cleaner than plastic, so my germ fears are quelled.

 

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