Plastic straw bans are going into place all over the United States, and for a good reason. While straws seem like such a small thing, the fact that they're little is part of the problem. Straws fall through the cracks of machinery and therefore are nearly impossible to recycle. This means that the estimated 390 million straws used every day in the United States goes to landfills, or winds up in the oceans. And while banning plastic straws is a step in the right direction, it leads to problems for those who are not able-bodied. Straws often provide an accessible way for the disabled to consume food and drink.
Plus, straws just make drinks taste better.
Reusable straws are a crowd-pleasing and chic answer, but it brings up a good question for restaurants: metal or glass?
Glass straws can be quite pretty but are prone to chipping and breakage. This is not a straw you want to toss in your bag to use while you're out. Clean-up is, however, a bit more satisfying, as you can see through the straw to make sure it's clean.
Metal straws are attractive and come in a variety of colors. They're ideal for everything from soda to milkshakes. You might worry about a metallic taste, but we've found if the straws are washed a couple of times before that first use, it's not a problem. Metal straws are robust and perfect for travel. Due to the conductivity of metal though, you may want to avoid drinking a piping hot beverage with these. Cold drinks are excellent though, and the cool straw only enhances the experience.
Weighing the pros and cons of each type of straw depends on your use case. If you decide metal straws are right for your business, contact us about bulk ordering.