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2. Replace plastic straws with stainless steel straws.
Next time you run out of straws, don’t buy plastic ones. Buy these stainless steel straws from Amazon instead. It’s a pack of 8, so there’s plenty for guests (or extras if you used one yesterday and haven’t washed the dishes yet). I also love that it comes with the straw cleaners, which are dishwasher safe.
Pro Tip: Most of my plastic straws come from restaurants when eating out! Keep one stainless steel straw wrapped in a handkerchief in the pocket of your purse. Then you can use it at restaurants as well!
Lifestyle Benefit: If you use the reusable straws for as long as using 3-4 packs of plastic ones, you’re actually saving money in the long run! Also plastic straws look like trash (because they are) and clutter up the pantry. The stainless steel ones look and feel so much classier!
Earth Benefit: According to a National Geographic article, “In just the U.S. alone, one estimate suggests 500 million straws are used every single day. One study published earlier this year estimated as many as 8.3 billion plastic straws pollute the world’s beaches” (https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2017/04/plastic-straws-ocean-trash-environment/). Be part of lowering this number!