Stainless Steel Straws vs Paper Straws - Which One Is Really Better?

by John Weil May 31, 2019 2 min read

You're looking for a straw solution that's better for the environment. With awareness about the waste created by traditional plastic straws higher than ever, you want to be sure you're making the right decision. So: stainless steel straws, or paper straws? Which one will most likely help you reach your environmental sustainability goals?

Paper Straws: Still a Source of Waste

Paper straws have received a lot of hype for being more environmentally friendly, causing many restaurants and other single-use straw providers to turn to them over traditional plastic straws. Unfortunately, they are still intended for a single use. In fact, in some cases, you'll end up using more than one paper straw for a single drink: they quickly break down and become soggy, which can leave you struggling to finish consuming your drink. 

Sure, paper straws are biodegradable. They break down a lot faster than traditional plastic straws, which does make them better for the environment. They even present less of a hazard for animal life. Unfortunately, they're still disposable materials: they'll pile up in landfills and add to your trash impact as you continue to use these single-use products.

The Benefits of Stainless Steel Straws

Unlike traditional plastic straws and even paper straws, stainless straws have one important benefit: they're reusable. You can carry your stainless steel straws in a convenient carrying case, use them, wash them when you get home (or rinse them out in a sink at the restaurant) and put it right back in its case and use it again. They don't need to fill up landfills, because you can use them over and over again. Even better, they're unlikely to stop working well in the middle of your drink because they've bent or gotten soggy--and since they're stainless steel, they won't pick up weird flavors from your drinks no matter how many different ways you use them.

If you're looking to reduce your environmental impact, stainless steel straws are the way to go. Want to learn more? Contact us today to discuss the stainless steel straw that's right for you.