The Stainless Steel Straw
If you've decided to make the switch away from single-use plastic straws, exploring the alternatives or are just curious and wondering what's all the fuss about Stainless Steel Straws, then this is the right place for you.
Before jumping into the pros and cons of stainless steel, metal straws are not recommended if you tend to be around children a lot. They are highly likely to be unsuitable if : you have small children, you're looking a cheap replacement for plastic straws in your business, or you work in a café (i.e. serve a lot of hot drinks).
If that's not you, please read on.
Stainless Steel has excellent corrosion resistance, meaning it won't easily get damaged with acidic drinks. The cutlery that you use in your everyday life are probably made of stainless steel, and it's probably for good reason. Stainless Steel Straws will last you ages, and probably is on par with titanium as the most longlasting straws on the market.
Since they last for so long, these straws can used and reused over and over again - you won't have to use a new one everytime you buy a drink. That means that it's better for the environment. On top of that, stainless steel is fully recyclable and the day you decide you don't want to use them anymore, they can be repurposed as other kinds of cutlery. Isn't that great?
3. Easy to Clean
They can be put in the dishwasher with everything else, or if you prefer washing by hand, they always come with little cleaning brushes. So, if you're using a lot of these in a restaurant or bar, cleaning is very simple and straightforward.
Plastic straws have been part of our everyday life for quite a while now, and we've got quite used to having something soft to chew on while we space out and ponder about the meaning on life. It might be a bit of an inconvenience when we make the switch - our brains will need some time to rewire themselves. In the meantime, you might want to be careful.
2. Hot Drinks
Remember that science class about conductivity when you were a kid? Metals are very good conductors of heat, so - hot drink means hot straw, and cold drink means cold straw. The feeling is okay-ish for cold drinks, but outright unbearable for hot drinks.
Decent stainless steel straws will cost about $2 to $3 each, which is about 150 times more expensive than plastic ones. If you don't have a choice - your city is banning those, or you really want to ditch plastic straws, then compared to paper straws, they are about 50 times more expensive per unit. Of course, they can be practically used for a very long time, which will cover your costs, but a recurring complaint that restaurant/bar owners often make is that straws get stolen, and represent a recurring cost of replacement at the end of each month. So bear that in mind.
If you're tend to be around kids, or considering straw options for your kids, then I'd recommend getting the stainless steel straws with a silicone, which is very hygienic, mouthpiece. As durable, safer, but just a bit less convenient.
If you're looking for a lot of straws for your business/restaurant/bar, compare the cost of stainless steel straws to paper straws, calculate the expected lifespan of one stainless steel straw (number of uses) i.e. until it gets stolen to get a fair price comparison.
If you do drink a lot of coffee or tea, but really like stainless steel straws, then the closest alternative at the same price point are Glass Straws.
If you're looking for something all-round better, but pricier, then go for titanium or copper straws.
P.S. Some lower-end stainless steel straws tend to have a metallic taste to them, so I'd suggest keeping an eye for product reviews, especially for these straws.
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