The Final Straw
Like many of you this summer, I have woken up to news headlines like “Starbucks Will Ban Plastic Straws by 2020” and “Disney Bans Plastic Straws at Theme Parks Worldwide.” While this coverage lifts my spirits in humanity, it also sparks the question “what are the non-fortune 500 companies doing?” Often times - nothing. And while some cities like San Francisco and NYC have successfully implemented straw bans, Fort Worth has stayed essentially stagnant.
Don’t get me wrong, I do feel quite proud to say Righteous Foods is one of the first and few restaurants in Fort Worth that not only uses eco-friendly straws, but many other green products as well. That said, I acknowledge most people can’t spend all day, every day at Righteous. For that reason, I’ve researched some eco-friendly alternatives to plastic straws - all of which are reasonably priced and highly effective.
Alternative #1: Stainless Steel Straws
Many people hear the words “stainless steel straws” and become fearful of a metallic aftertaste. However, after months of owning my own, I can guarantee there is no such problem. In fact, I prefer the stainless steel design for cold drinks because it makes every sip as refreshing as the last and keeps the liquid cold. Continuing my rave, these straws are reusable and dishwasher safe, and fit into nearly all cups and tumblers.