I realized early on in my journey to be more environmentally conscious that single-use plastics are one of the biggest hazards to our planet. From plastic bags at the grocery store to a plastic cup at the coffee shop, we’re offered single-use plastics regularly. Seriously, back off, plastic pushers!
80% of all marine debris found in the ocean is land based, and 80-90% of the marine debris is made from plastic (source.) Not only that, single-use plastics aren’t actually that necessary in our daily lives. Plastics can be really cool and have some innovative and incredible uses in the medical field, etc. A single-use plastic cup that I can easily avoid by bringing my own jar/mug/cup isn’t one of those “excellent uses.” Far, far from it.
One of the biggest culprits of beach and ocean trash is plastic straws. Straws are a nice way to drink a beverage but there’s no need to accept a plastic straw. They are resource-intensive to produce, are used for a few minutes, and then become a burden on the planet and harm marine life. The solution is wonderfully simple: Bring your own straw!
If you don’t think bringing your own straw will make a difference to the planet, consider this: In the United States alone, we discard 500 million straws A DAY. It seems like that number is too big, but imagine how many coffee shops are in every city and town in America and how many of them offer a plastic straw with nearly every beverage. U.S. consumption of plastic disposable straws would fill Yankee Stadium 9 times a year.
Every time you choose to do something nice for the earth, it’s a good choice. No matter how small it might seem.
StrawSleeves is a lovely shop and, I’ve found, a great resource for information about plastic pollution and practical, easy ways to avoid it. I’ve been following StrawSleeves on Instagram for a while and I appreciate seeing the information they share and the photos of their products “in the wild” showcasing individuals across the globe choosing to bring their own reusable items.
The questions I get about reusable straws are usually under one of two categories. First, how do I clean it? And also, how do I travel with it?
StrawSleeves is where I often direct these curious people. First, they offer straws in their shop, but they also offer the necessary add-ons like cleaning brushes. Even thick smoothies are cleaned out of a straw easily. They also offer sleeves that protect your reusable glass, stainless or bamboo straw … and your bag/purse/pocket. It’s a practical solution to transporting your straw everywhere you go. Made of hemp and reclaimed fabrics that are durable and washable.
The multi-utensil pack is convenient for those of us dedicated to bringing half our kitchen with us everywhere we go. Ha – Just kidding! The fabric roll-up pack does allow me to bring a lot of what I need for any particular outing. I’ll slide in multiple straws for myself, my daughter and my husband. Or I might bring utensils, chopsticks and a straw, shown in the photo above. The whole pack rolls up compactly and can be secured with the durable cotton straps. Your friends and family might want to steal this from you but do not let them! Just shoo them in the direction of the StrawSheeves Etsy shop to get one of their own.
StrawSleeves sells directly to consumers, which is great, but their main focus is business-to-business. They partner with all kinds of straw manufacturers and other eco-friendly businesses and can print any logo on a sleeve. If you have a business or organization interested in or already dedicated to going plastic-free and being a friend to the planet, please reach out to owner Cheri Newcomb via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m excited to share that Cheri from StrawSleeves is offering to send one of my readers a starter set! Bring this with you on all of your outings, travels, road trips and be amazed at how often you use it. Get all the details on the giveaway below.
To enter the giveaway: Do one (or two, or all!) of the following to enter! Make sure you use an active email address when you comment since this is how the winner will be contacted. Follow @StrawSleeves on Instagram and leave a comment below that you did Follow @MeredithTested on Instagram and leave a comment below that you did Visit StrawSleeves on Etsy and “Favorite” the shop and leave a comment below that you did Leave a comment below letting me know why you want to win this prize from StrawSleeves
More details – PLEASE READ! This giveaway is open only to individuals in the USA, 18+. The giveaway ends at 9:00am EST on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. The winner will be notified via the email address they used to comment and will have 48 hours to claim prize. After 48 hours, if there is no response, another winner will be chosen. …That’s it! Good luck!
*Disclosure – I was sent these items from StrawSleeves to try and they are covering the cost of the product and shipping to the giveaway winner. All opinions are my own, and I only share really good stuff with you guys.