Continuing in our theme of Everyday Carry Cutlery we look at replacements for the disposable plastic straws that are being phased out around the world.
These silicone straws are extra big (roughly 10 inch length, 0.35 inner diameter and 0.45 outside diameter). There are six colorful straws that are made of food grade silicon. But wait there’s more! Also included are two more straws that are made of 10/18 stainless steel. All this with a storage pouch and three cleaning brushes.
All that and the company “Kitchen Up” offers a 5 year warranty.
Reusable Silicone Straws Set of 6 – Stainless Steel Straws Extra Long – Brushes and Storage Pouch Included
My local fast food restaurant just announced they will no longer be supplying disposable plastic straws with my serving of amazing Root Beer. We knew this was coming as it’s all over the press but now it has hit close to home.
Those flimsy cups just don’t work for drinking from the rim so it is time for a new addition to my Everyday Carry Cutlery. It looks like reusable and cleanable stainless steel straws are the way to go.
The YIHONG stainless steel straws set of 8 has 4 bent, 4 straight and 2 cleaning brushes (as seen above). They are 10.5 inches long and made of plastic free, BPA free, dishwasher safe food-grade 18/8 stainless steel. They claim no metal aftertaste and are rust free and scratch proof.
I would recommend giving them a good soapy scrub before using the first time. Sometimes metal products like this have a small amount of machine oil on them from manufacturing.
YIHONG Stainless Steel Straws from Amazon
This has been a long time coming. Less than 10% of plastic is recycled and it’s showing up in our oceans, our fish, our drinking water and our food. Plastic is very useful but becoming a serious danger. Reducing plastic usage must be a goal for everyone.
From CNN.com – Europe is proposing a ban on single-use plastic items such as cutlery, straws and cotton buds in a bid to clean up the oceans. The European Commission wants to ban 10 items that make up 70% of all litter in EU waters and on beaches. The list also includes plastic plates and drink stirrers.
Plastics Europe, which represents manufacturers, said it supported the “overarching objective” of the proposal but said there must be more resources dedicated to “waste management” to ensure better collection of used plastic.
“Plastic product bans are not the solution,” it said in a statement, and noted that “alternative products may not be more sustainable.”
Here at TheCutleryReview we have been promoting, when we can, the use of Everyday Carry Cutlery (ECC). We believe that alternative products can be more sustainable! The banning of plastic cutlery and straws means that the responsibility is back onto us as the consumer to make the right choice. Some of use can do without a plastic disposable straw, but some with disabilities cannot. Years ago I had a bad experience trying to cut steak at a BBQ with plastic cutlery. Carrying reusable, cleanable, and environmentally conscious cutlery should be become a trend.
In the coming weeks will be sourcing and reviewing Everyday Carry Cutlery options for all of us to help reduce the plastic problem.
If you are a regular reader you know we are big proponents of Everyday Carry Cutlery. This titanium set of camping flatware from Esbit works for the forest or the office or your picnic.
Because this set of fork, knife and spoon are made of titanium it makes them lightweight, heat resistant, non-corrosive and non-magnetic. But wait there’s more! The titanium surface means no metallic taste when eating with them.
Each utensil folds down to less than 4.2 inches in length and the handle locks into place when extended with a loop handle that works for hanging from your pack or to dry.
Available from Amazon:
Esbit titanium cutlery folding Fork
Esbit titanium cutlery folding Knife
Esbit titanium cutlery folding Spoon