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    9 Things That'll Finally Help You Kick Your Plastic Straw Habit

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    Like a lot of people, I've been trying to cut way back on my plastic straw usage.

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    Even McDonald's is catching on to the fact that plastic straws are a major ocean pollutant that are deadly to marine life. Thankfully, there are a lot of reusable straw options out there that are eco-friendly and just as convenient as their disposable plastic cousins. Here are some of the best ones:

    1. These stainless steel straws that are basically just like the plastic straws, but without the waste factor.

    Promising review: "I had a difficult time finding normal size reusable straws, so these are perfect! I use a straw pretty much every day and I hated always throwing them away, so I would wash and reuse them a few times. They are very close in size to the disposable ones and have a nice bend to them. I was worried they would get too cold when I drink or too hot when I wash, but they don’t. I was also concerned that they’d give a metallic taste to my drinks, but I haven’t noticed any. I definitely recommend these straws!" —Keely M

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $6.89.

    2. These handmade glass straws that you can throw in the dishwasher over and over.,

    Promising review: "Absolutely loving our new glass straws as we try to promote the use of less plastic to help protect our oceans in the Cayman Islands! We have gotten quite a few other friends hooked as well as these reusable straws are quite sturdy and look so classy!" —Daniella McGowan

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $7.99.

    3. These sleek-looking bamboo straws that are great for hot drinks.

    Promising review: "My daughter's Girl Scout troop is swearing off straws in defense of sea turtles, but she has super sensitive teeth and really likes a straw for cold and hot beverages. We wanted something less temperature conducting than plastic, not more (like glass or metal). She has used one straw for hot tea for several days in a row now. It may not last as long in a hot beverage as it does in cold, but it works well and we are happy! Product was as described and came quickly and was a good value compared to other options." —Chyckadee

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $17.21.

    4. Or these cute biodegradable paper straws that look just like bamboo.

    Promising review: "I have just about finished using my first box of 144, and I think they are great. I bought these because we have kids and we go through a lot of straws for smoothies and homemade Italian sodas. We also try to compost and recycle as much as possible. These straws are compostable and the color comes from vegetable dyes. We've had no problems whatsoever with collapsing or dissolving straws — when I clear the breakfast dishes they are still intact, after sitting for half an hour in liquid. None of the picky kids who use these straws have had any complaints and neither have I." —Ginger O.

    Get a box of 144 from Amazon for $8.

    5. These colorful silicone straws that are just perfect for sipping smoothies with none of the plastic straw guilt.,

    Promising review: "These are perfect for a gift (in my case it was a gift to myself). I bought them after reading the average American uses and throws away 500 plastic straws a year. Yikes! So they are great if you're environmentally-friendly — even the cardboard packaging is plastic free. They are well made, just about the size of a normal straw you'd get in a pack of throwaway plastic straws. They are pretty colors that don't fade and made of your typical silicone, a soft, bendy plastic. They bend and squish so I think they'd fit in most mugs. I've washed them in the dishwasher along with my silverware and they come out clean, no worse for wear." —Cecily Templeton

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $12.41.

    6. A couple of brushes to help keep those straws nice and clean on the inside.

    Promising review: "These A+ quality products are perfect for use with my insulated drink holders with straws. They give me the assurance that weeks/months/years of using the straws will be clean, stay sanitary, and remain mold/gunk free! The straw cleaner even removed some questionable stains in one of my sports drink's ribbed straws. I am confident that I can use and safely clean the straws -- especially the ones left overnight in car or gym bag. I have re-ordered more to give to family and friends!!" —Soldier/Sailor/Patriot

    Get a pack of four on Amazon for $4.99.

    7. This tumbler that comes with a straw if you want to cut back on cup waste, too.

    Promising review: "Can't really find anything not to like about these. They have a sealing lid on top, a nice straw that comes with them, and double wall insulation. Keeps drinks cold, and stops the condensation on the outside on hot days." —D. Fitzjarrell

    Get it on Amazon for $11.99 (available in six colors).

    8. Or this water bottle with a spout that acts just like a straw, but is way easier to clean.

    Promising review: "Everyone at our house has one of these, we keep them in the fridge filled with water. It eliminates the need to go through 10 different water cups the day and anything that cuts down on needless dishes makes me happy. They have scratches in the finish on the bottom, and one of them has a dent, but I am very impressed with longevity. Plus the fact I feel better about having them drink their water from metal rather than plastic!" —kemilie

    Get it from Amazon for $10+ (available in 14 colors and three sizes).

    9. And a handy little case for you to carry your straw(s) wherever you go.

    Yes, it's a toothbrush case, and yes, it can also hold a straw (or three).

    Get a set of four on Amazon for $8.99.

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