Say no to straws.
Very few people actually need a straw to drink. Children use straws and sippy cups so they don’t spill their beverage. But us adults, we don’t need them most of the time. I can’t tell the difference in taste if I drink water/juice/iced tea/lemonade/soda out of a straw versus directly out the glass. I do, however, like to drink milkshakes and smoothies (and the occasional iced coffee) with a straw.
I used to think that using straws at restaurants would keep my mouth from touching a glass someone else drank out of until someone pointed out to me that we still use the same metal utensils that someone else put in their mouth. Duh, Stephanie.
I started ordering my drinks with no straw. Most straws are plastic and can not be recycled. So after use, they end up in the landfill….millions of them every year.
I ordered a set of metal reusable straws from Life Without Plastic that I use at home. The set comes with a cleaning brush too.
I still have plastic straws at home because I can’t bring myself to throw them away unused.
Cost: To say no to straws at restaurants costs nothing except maybe some initial embarrassment, confusion and weird looks. I spent $11.95 plus tax and shipping on my set of four stainless steels straws with cleaning brush.