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Alternatives to Plastic Straws

There are plenty of alternatives to single-use plastic straws, if you prefer to use one. Steel, glass, bamboo and paper are all routes that can be taken on the way to a cleaner environment. Below are some links to start you down a greener path.

Metal and silicone re-usable straws are now available at the Blank Park Zoo WildThings Gift Shop.

Bamboo options:
Jungle Straws – junglestraws.com

Glass options:
Strawsome – strawesome.com
Simply Straws – simplystraws.com

Hay Straws:
Hay! Straws – haystraws.com

Metal options:
Simply Straws – simplystraws.com
Steeleys Drinkware – steelysdrinkware.com

Paper options:
Des Moines Supply Inc. - iowadesmoinessupply.com
World Centric – store.worldcentric.com
Great Paper Straws - greatpaperstraws.com
Aardvark Straws - aardvarkstraws.com

Pasta:
Pasta Straws – pastastraw.org

Corn Base Plastic (PLA) straws: 
Without access to a commercial composting facility, these straws can take anywhere from 100 to 1000 years to decompose in a landfill. This is why they are not included as a wildlife-friendly option.
 

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