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4 Best Ways to Dispose of Plastic Straws

4 Best Ways to Dispose of Plastic Straws

Plastic straws are a convenient way to enjoy a cold drink on a hot day, but their convenience comes at a steep cost to the environment.

The alarming truth is that billions of plastic straws end up in our oceans and landfills each year, contributing to the global plastic waste crisis and polluting the aquamarine environment. Sea turtles, for example, often mistake plastic straws for food and can suffer from internal injuries or even death after ingesting them.

While it may seem like an impossible feat to remove all plastic waste overnight, there are small steps we can take to help mitigate plastic pollution. Properly disposing of plastic straws and choosing more sustainable alternatives can go a long way in reducing our impact on the environment.

In this blog post, we will discuss the best ways to dispose of plastic straws and provide tips on how we can all work together to protect our environment. So, let's get started!

4 Best Ways to Dispose of Plastic Straws

1. Recycling

Can you recycle plastic drinking straws?

Short answer: Yes, plastic straws are technically recyclable, but their size and weight complicate the recycling process.

Most recycling facilities are designed to process larger and heavier items, such as plastic bottles and containers. Also, plastic straws are actually made from a material called polypropylene which is typically not accepted by most domestic recycling facilities.

In some cases, independent recycling centers may accept plastic straws, but even then, their small size and lightweight nature can make them difficult to process. Many mechanized recycling machinery and sorting systems are designed to handle larger plastic containers and heavier items, so even though plastic straws are made of recyclable material, they may get stuck and fall between the cracks of machinery, causing damage and creating safety hazards for workers.

TIP: If your local recycling scheme accepts type 5 plastics, a simple trick you can do is to place them into a larger plastic container. Some examples of type 5 plastic containers where you can place your straws include margarine tubs, microwavable plastic containers, plastic take-out containers, or other similar containers.

2. Repurposing

Repurposing plastic straws for artistic and creative projects is a great way to give them a new life instead of throwing them in the trash. You can use plastic straws to make jewelry like bracelets, necklaces, or earrings by following online tutorials that show you how to create unique pieces with just a few simple steps.

If crafting isn't your thing, you can still donate your plastic straws to art projects or organizations that repurpose them. Some artists and organizations use plastic straws to create unique sculptures or installations. Donating your used plastic straws can help support these artistic endeavors while keeping them out of landfills or other harmful environments. So, the next time you finish your drink, think twice before tossing your plastic straw in the trash!

3. Upcycling

Upcycling is a smart way to reduce waste and give new life to plastic straws by turning them into something useful. For example, you can use plastic straws to create practical items such as utensil holders or pencil holders. Alternatively, you can make decorative lampshades by cutting the straws into small pieces and weaving them together to create an aesthetic pattern that diffuses the light and creates a warm ambiance in any room.

Upcycling plastic straws not only helps to reduce waste and mitigate plastic pollution but also encourages creativity and innovation.

4. Stop Using!

One of the best ways to dispose of plastic straws is not to use them in the first place. Plastic straws do not biodegrade; instead, they turn into smaller pieces called microplastics that can take hundreds of years to break down.

By switching to sustainable alternatives, you can significantly reduce the amount of unnecessary waste that ends up in landfills and oceans.

Bottom line? Cut it up before throwing it out!

Alternatives to Plastic Straws

As more and more cities and states implement the "Plastic Straw Ban," compostable paper straws and other reusable straw options, such as glass straws and stainless steel straws, are making headlines as alternatives to single-use plastic straws.

Though bamboo, paper, and metal straws are popularly considered "eco-friendly", each has its own pros and cons and a fair share of adverse impacts on human health and the environment.

Since we're super straw nerds, we did the research for you. Find out why we think paper straws are not that eco-friendly and why we say a hard pass on metal straws.

The Best Choice: imPASTA Straws

Alright, friends, let's be real – paper straws can be a total buzzkill. (Yeah?) Nobody wants to deal with that soggy, limp, and frankly gross straw experience. And don't even get us started on the cheap feel and chalky aftertaste of bamboo straws. But don't fret, because we have the perfect straw option that will make you say, "Oh, pasta la vista" to all those boring straws!

Introducing imPASTA straws! Yeah, a pretty cool straw with PASTA in the title, that's not really pasta. So, what's it actually made of?

Well, we spent some time with a couple of amazing farmers and food scientists from North Dakota. They put up with us for two years and helped us craft 46 interactions to make this premium straw. We crafted imPASTA with the perfect blend of seeds and grains. Yep, that's right! Nothing more, just 100% pure, plant-based, vegan, non-GMO grains and seeds.

It's gonna stay hard and not crack through all your drinks (for about 2+ hours). And that slimy mouth feel of a real pasta straw? Not here! It's absolutely the best bloody straw you'll ever use!

So don't settle for a subpar straw experience – upgrade to imPASTA straws! Not only will you be doing your part to help reduce plastic waste and stop global warming, but you'll also be enjoying a top-notch drinking experience. 

Give 'em a try at your Restaurant (if you got one of those) or at home. We sell 'em wrapped in eco-friendly wax paper or totally naked if you prefer. If it's not the best bloody straw you've ever used, we'll pay you back, no questions asked. Use code PERFECT10 for 10% off – upgrade now.