Since Ryder was old enough to go to the cafe, he has been pretty obsessed with, well, anything that has a straw. Kids are magnetised to them: The rainbow of colours, their ability to turn plain old water into a bubbling volcano, and the delightful bonus of getting a bendy one. It’s no wonder kids want more more more straws!
It’s harmless fun, right?
Well, since being on this journey of creating eco-fashion, I have noticed the devastating impact straws have, particularly to our marine life. Many of you have seen the seriously hard to watch clip of a turtle with a straw stuck in it’s face.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Here’s a great read on Why Straws Seriously Suck.
I know it’s hard sometimes to keep on top of all the things that we should be doing. I personally feel overwhelmed every time I read one of these articles. But there are actually some easy little swap outs you can make that will make a massive difference.
And swapping your straws may be the easiest one of all.
So, how do you swap out a straw? Easy, check out a store like Biome. They have a whole range of amazing products for plastic free, re-useable, toxic free and organic living. (*note: I have not been paid to promote their products, I stumbled across their site and just loved their stuff).
And the best part? This simple little swap will save you money.
Consider this: A 40 pack of plastic straws from the supermarket costs about $1.30. Sure, this might last a couple of months (Ryder would have a straw with EVERY drink if he could, and of course a new colour for every day!) but compare that to a metal straw from Biome, at $3.50 this little beauty is going to last me forever.
Boom! A simple swap that will give you the peace of mind that you’ve done something good for the planet today (and your bank balance).
As for Ryder, he’s stoked with his new straw. He especially likes the satisfying “ping” it makes when it taps against the glass. And apparently, it’s even better for blowing bubbles!
Want to swap out more than just the straws?
Here are my top picks for Biome products. Why not grab these from them while you’re there for maximum impact = maximum feel good = maximum budget saving = maximum environment saving points!
1 – Wax Food Wraps: Replace that cling film. I was a little sceptical at first about whether it would do the same job as cling wrap, but I’ve found it’s flexible (slightly sticky) at room temperature and stiffens when refrigerated whilst still holding shape.
2 – Coffee Cup: Don’t add more to the 500 million disposable cups we Australians use each year. Once you’ve used a keep cup 15 times, you have reached break even in its life cycle, including cleaning. Every use after that is a bonus for the planet!
3 – Lunch Bags: Zip lock bags are such a guilty convenience for me, (and that satisfying snap when you seal them is hard to resist). But these re-usable lunch bags have all the convenience without the waste. And as a bonus, they’re dishwasher safe!
4 – Waterbottles: It is estimated that 38 billion disposable water bottles that end up in landfills each year. One of these re-usable ones reduces that number while saving you money. Toxin free, BPA free and no nasty chemicals in your H2O.