Suck it up – the convenient reusable straw that can help save the planet
When it comes to the war on waste, most of us are aware that plastic straws aren’t exactly doing the environment any favours. What you may not realise is just how bad it is – around 500 million plastic straws are used and thrown away every single day around the world, doomed to landfill where they take at least 450 years to even begin breaking down. Those are some pretty damning statistics, folks. Nabbing a reusable straw is one of the ways you can reduce your own impact, and we’ve found one that ticks all the boxes – get your lips around FinalStraw.
If you’ve been tossing up whether or not to dive into the realm of reusable straws, the sheer convenience of FinalStraw might just be enough to tip you over the edge. This collapsible wonder comes in a keychain-friendly container, folding down to a totally compact size and measuring 23cm when unfurled. The actual body of the straw itself is made from stainless steel with medical-grade TPE (that’s thermoplastic elastomers), meaning it’s also BPA free and dishwasher safe. For cleaning on the fly, FinalStraw comes with a little squeegee that also fits in the container.
FinalStraw is the brainchild of Emma Cohen and Miles Pepper, an environmental scientist and cinematographer respectively who took their idea to Kickstarter. It went totally gangbusters, well exceeding its modest target of around $16,000 and currently sitting at $1.4 million with more than 22,000 people backing the idea. The duo has created a variety of support options, with straws obviously getting cheaper the more you pledge to donate. The fundraising portion of the campaign ends on Saturday May 19, with production on the straws due to begin in September for orders to be fulfilled in November.
Ready to suck it up? You can pledge your support to the FinalStraw project through Kickstarter.