Why use a straw once, then throw it out? With these reusable options, you’ll be reducing waste and rocking a snazzy straw to boot.
Glass: The best straw for adults at home
Glass straws are easily one of the best options for adults at home. Unlike many reusable alternatives, glass straws have next to no texture, meaning you aren’t getting any plastic-y feeling while drinking your beverage of choice. They can handle cool and hot drinks with ease, are easy to clean, and are the only straw option that is transparent. Easily the most visually attractive of the bunch, glass straws add a certain air of elegance to any drink, making them an easy pairing for date night or me time.
Silicone: The best straw for kids
The best thing about silicone straws is that they are flexible. They have a rubbery structure, meaning you can bite down on them, bend them, stuff them in a pocket, or pack them in a lunchbox, no problem. The silicone texture is similar to that of plastic, and like plastic, they come in tons of fun colors, making them a great option for kids. And, unlike glass and metal, there is little chance of hurting your teeth with an accidental bite down on a straw made of silicone.
Metal: The best straw for durability and travel
Unsurprisingly, metal straws are almost indestructible. Extremely rigid and very industrial-looking, metal straws can take all kinds of wear-and-tear with ease. Unlike most other straw options, metal straws sometimes come in collapsable varieties, making them excellent for serious travelers. This toughness does mean they can hurt your teeth, or even puncture thin travel bags, if not used and stored with care, so make sure to use carefully.
Bamboo: The best straw for the environment
If sustainability is your gold star, a bamboo straw is the obvious choice. Made from fast-growing bamboo plants, bamboo straws look (and sometimes taste) a little bit like a bamboo shoot. Bamboo straws strike a happy medium between the hardness of metal and the elegance of glass. They do not last years and years like metal or glass, but that is by design: They naturally biodegrade, meaning if they end up in the garbage, they won't stay there nearly as long as metal or glass. If you are the type to misplace or break straws often, bamboo is the way to go.