You always hear about how the world these days is totally overrun by one-time use plastic,which is very detrimental to the environment, as well as animals and other inhabitants of this planet we live on, but you don’t hear about many individuals trying to cut back on their one-time plastic use.
Sure, there are a bunch of companies and brands out there that are reducing their plastic straw use and moving over to paper straws, but have you ever used a paper straw? They are absolutely disgusting. I would rather use no straw than have to use a paper straw.
After like 5 minutes of being submersed in liquid, the paper straws begin to disintegrate and fall apart to the point where you can’t even use them anymore.
There are some paper straws that have a liner inside that helps to prevent the decay of the straw itself, making it usable for longer, but I still find the straws have a very papery flavor to them, no matter what you’re drinking and no matter what type of paper straw you’re using. And it’s because of that, that if you really want to cut down on plastic straw use, you should really invest in a reusable straw that you can carry around with you.
What is a reusable straw?
A reusable straw is exactly what it sounds like, it’s a straw, usually made of metal or silicone, that you can easily carry around with you and use over and over again after washing it. This helps you to not have to use a single-use plastic straw every time you go out and have a beverage at a restaurant.
It’s basically the same idea as using a reusable water container, like a a Yeti Tumbler or a HydroFlask, but with straws. And unlike those reusable water containers, the straws are usually pretty cheap considering there’s not much to them.
Reusable straws mainly come in some form of metal, or stainless steel, and silicone. I’m sure there are other options out there, but when it comes to food-grade materials, you’re going to want to stick to something like stainless steel or silicone, just for the sanitary factor.
In some instances you can find reusable straws that come with their own carrying cases, which can easily attach to your purse or keychain so that they are with you whenever you may need them. I actually had never considered a reusable straw until I saw a friend of mine using one at the bar one night. She had it attached to her keys in a nice little carrying case and everything about it just seemed super convenient.
So with all that being said, we know it can be hard to decide which reusable straw would be best for you, so we’ve put together a list of what we feel are the best resuable straws for under $10. So if you’re looking to do even a little bit to help save the environment, check out these awesome reusable straws that you can easily carry with you when you go out.
Best Cheap Reusable Straws
The first thing you should ask yourself when buying a reusable straw is whether you want stainless steel (metal) or silicone. Both of them are solid, in terms of being reusable and durable, so it’s really just a personal preference. They are both going to serve the same purpose, but some people may not like how the silicone ones feel in their mouths, or any slight hint of taste that the metal ones might give off. But either way, you’re going to be fine going with either silicone or metal when it comes to these straws, just pick whichever one appeals more to you.
Silicone Reusable Straw Recommendations
Hiware Silicone Drinking Straws
- PACK OF 12 COLORFUL REGULAR SIZE SILICONE STRAWS - The colors are very nice and bright too, which make them fun to drink from. Perfect for you to enjoy your cold beverage, juice, sipping cocktail,...
- ENJOY THE QUALITY AND DURABILITY - Made of 100% food-grade silicone and BPA-free. Designed for adults, kids and toddlers due to their non teeth chipping silicone construction. Soft to bite down on,...
These reusable silicone drinking straws from Hiware come in at 15″ in length and are perfect for restaurants and your own Yeti or reusable water cup at home. This set comes with 12 straws, 2 pipe cleaners for cleaning inside the straws (which is extremely important), and a carrying pouch. They come in a variety of colors, so you can have one for every occasion and they are great for the kids. The straws are 100% food grade silicone, BPA free, FDA approved and dishwasher safe. And shouldn’t leave you with any sort of aftertaste in your mouth when using them.
The only downside to these silicone reusable straws is that they are not collapsible, so they are a little harder to carry around with you if you don’t carry a purse or some sort of bag. While they will fit in your pocket, it’s going to be super annoying and probably not worth it when compared to some of the collapsible ones below. But other than that, these straws are great for keeping around the house to avoid using plastic straws.
Comvin Collapsible Silicone Straws
- PREMIUM SILICONE: Comvin silicone collapsible straws are made of finest-quality, food-grade silicone, BPA&BPS free, non-toxic and PDA approved
- SOFT and SAFE: Quiet soft and comfortable texture, Comvin reusable travel straw keeps our lips from any chips or poking feel when drinking and maintain the pleasant temperature no matter hot or cold...
The second silicone reusable straw pack on our list comes from Comvin and this time it is a collapsible set of straws. This pack comes with 3 silicone, collapsible straws along with 3 matching carrying cases that can clip onto your keychain or bag, as well as a cleaning tool. If you’re looking for something a little more portable that you can take with you when you go out, then this is what you’re looking for. Again, these straws are made from food grade silicone, BPA & BPS free, non-toxic and PDA approved. They are easy to clean and are dishwasher safe.
The carrying case measures about 3″ x 1.65″ and the straws themselves are about 10″ in length. So like I said, they are very compact and easy to carry around. They are also a bit cheaper than the ones above, but you’re also getting less straws. But if you don’t need 12 straws for any reason and you want to keep your price down, these are perfect.
Sunseeke Silicone Straw Set
- 【 Food Grade Platinum Silicone】BPA FREE We craft them out of platinum-grade silicone (the best of the best) it is without any odors or tastes.
- 【Silicone straws with carrying cases】We carefully prepare 4 exquisite and beautiful carrying cases and 12 high-quality silicone straws, as well as the colors you and children like. Basically it...
These reusable silicone straws from Sunseeke bring you the best of both worlds. You get a single length reusable silicone straw that can bend up into a small carrying case that you can bring with you wherever you go. The straws measure 8.5″ long and the carrying case is 3.3″ x 1.5″ in size. So they are perfect for throwing your bag when you leave the house. This set also comes with 12 straws, 4 carrying cases and a pipe cleaner to make sure they are always clean.
Each straw is made of platinum-grade silicone and is without any order or taste. These straws are BPA free and dishwasher safe, just like the others above. Also, if they are too long for your application, they can be cut down to size as well, making them a no-brainer.
These are definitely some of our favorite reusable silicone straws, we highly recommend them.
Stainless Steel Reusable Straw Recommendations
Anpro Stainless Steel Drinking Straws
- Environment-Friendly: Reusable straws is gradually taking the place of the disposable straws for daily use, refuse to harming natural environment and biological health, let’s save the earth together...
- Portable Design: The telescopic design allows an 9 inch metal straws to transform into a 2.6 inch one, small enough to easily hide them in a pocket, bag or purse, to be a undisputed travel straws
Anpro offers a great hybrid reusable straw that has a stainless steel body and a silicone tip, and they are collapsible. Each straw can be extended to 9″ in length and is adjustable if you have glasses or cups that are smaller than that. At its smallest size, the Anpro can drop down to 2.6″, which can fit perfectly in its small carrying case and in your pocket.
These straws are made of 304 stainless steel and food grade silicone tips. They are easy to clean with the included pipe cleaners and come in a 2-pack.
Hiware Reusable Stainless Steel Straws
- 12 DRINKING STRAWS FIT ALL SIZE TUMBLERS - 3 straight straws and 3 bent straws of 10.5” for 30oz tumblers. 3 straight straws and 3 bent straws of 8.5” for 20oz tumblers. Perfect for you to enjoy...
- 18/8 FOOD GRADE STAINLESS STEEL - BPA and lead free, Dishwasher Safe, No metal aftertaste, Colorfast, Plastic free, Reusable and Environmentally Friendly. As a safe and suitable alternative to...
This is the 2nd time Hiware has appeared on our list, only because it’s extremely affordable for a larger amount of reusable straws, but this time we’re highlighting their stainless steel straws and not their silicone versions.
This 12-piece set comes with a variety of different types of straws and lengths, so it’s perfect for any beverage container you may have. There are 3 straight straws and 3 bent straws that measure 10.5″ in length and 3 straight straws and 3 bent straws that measure 8.5″ in length. These straws are perfect for your 20 oz. and 30 oz tumblers. The set also includes a carrying pouch as well as 2 pipe cleaners to help you clean the insides.
Straws are made of 18/8 food grade stainless steel, BPA and lead free, FDA approved, dishwasher safe and contain no aftertaste. These are perfect for having some reusable straws around your house, but may not be the best option if you’re looking for portability, since they do not collapse.
Eco-Pals Reusable Folding Straw
- 🎁 THE ONLY PREMIUM STRAW YOU NEED: Eco-Pals's collapsible straw is made from absolutely the best stainless steel material. With Eco-Pals collapsible metal straw, you will always have a perfect...
- 🎁 CHARCOAL PORTABLE LIGHT CASE: Our telescoping metal straw comes in a beautiful charcoal case specifically designed to keep it clean and handy. The case is lightweight in size for you to easily...
The Eco-Pals collapsible, reusable straw is probably our favorite out of the bunch. It’s made of premium stainless steel and comes with a stylish carrying case and cleaning brush that also fits in the case. It is a little more expensive than some of the other ones, only because it comes with 1 straw as opposed to many (like some of the other packs mentioned above), but this is definitely the best designed of all of them.
Fully extended, the straw measures 9.25″, and when collapsed it measures 4″. It fits nicely into its own case that can easily hook onto your keychain or fit in your pocket. It also comes in a variety of cool colors, so you can get one that fits your personality.
If we had to recommend one of the straws on this list, we would definitely recommend the Eco-Pals stainless steel straw.
So there you have it, six different reusable straws that can help you cut down on your one-time plastic use and help save the environment, one straw at a time.
It may not seem like you’re making a difference, but you could influence two people to start using reusable straws, and they could influence a couple friends to do the same, and then the movement can spread exponentially.
All it takes is one person to start a movement.
There are also some more expensive reusable straws out there, but we didn’t feel the need to write about them because we want to show you that it doesn’t have to be expensive to make a difference.