How to Reduce Plastic Waste with StrawSleeves
Have you ever gone out to dinner with your friends and your waiter mixed up the drinks, so to ensure you had the right one he asked you to taste it? Did you regretfully take the plastic straw he offered so that you wouldn’t contaminate someone else’s drink if you were given the wrong one? If only you had remembered to bring your reusable straw! Or if you even had a reusable straw! This happened to me recently (ironically right after I preached how most of us don’t need plastic straws), and it all could have been avoided. How? I could’ve avoided this and been able to reduce plastic waste if I had a StrawSleeves case.
What is StrawSleeves?
StrawSleeves is a small (and local to me) business that creates cases for your reusable straws and utensils. Their products are all made of sustainable materials. These products keep your utensils clean and safe regardless of where you store them. Because of the sustainable quality, and eco friendly materials I know it’s the best choice.
Cheri Newcomb, founder of StrawSleeves, was kind enough to send me both the utensil pack, bamboo utensils, bamboo straw, and straw sleeve! These are some of her newest products that are organic cotton and hemp.
How to Reduce Plastic Waste on the Go?
But exactly how can you reduce plastic waste? Here are several different ways that you can reduce plastic waste regardless of where you are, and how StrawSleeves can help you do that.
Bringing your own reusable utensils may seem like a little bit much at first but just think about it. When you need to eat out how are you going to eat that soup? Likely a plastic spoon. How will you sip on your healthy kale smoothie? A plastic straw. And what about those delicious chow mein noodles? You will likely need a plastic fork (or chopsticks) to eat that as well. Yet, if you bring your reusable utensils then you don’t have to consume all those items with plastic. By bringing your reusable utensils you reduce plastic waste very easily.
You don’t even need to buy a fancy reusable utensil set either! You can just bring some of your utensils from home to easily reduce plastic waste.
The video of the turtle getting a straw removed from his nose has become extremely popular and seen by many. Yet, despite this we still use plastic straws all the time and many places don’t even provide other options. For example, if you want a drink to go you need a straw or it will easily spill. Because they are too small for the recycling center plastic straws end up in our landfills and environments.
What about reusable straws? There are many different types of reusable straws available now; you can choose stainless steel, bamboo, paper, and more! By bringing your own reusable straw you no longer have to worry about it ending up in a turtle’s nose or some where else polluting the earth.
Utensil and Straw Packs
Now that you’ve decided to bring your reusables with you, how are you going to store them? This is where StrawSleeves comes in. You can choose one of their reusable utensil or straw packs and take your items with you anywhere without getting them dirty! These packs help keep your items organized and sanitized. This way you can just throw them in your bag, or car, and be on your way!
I personally have both a utensil pack and a straw pack. I especially love the utensil pack because it includes four pockets so I can include a spoon, fork, knife, and straw all in one little pouch! Yet if I am limited on space then the straw pack is perfect for keeping my straw clean and easily accessible. These packs are both roomy enough to fit your utensils in without any struggling and yet it keeps them in place.
The best part about these utensil and straw packs from StrawSleeves is that they are made from truly sustainable materials. They make their items from reclaimed denim, 100% cotton, hemp, and even organic cotton! This helps to reduce plastic waste as well because they are natural materials so when you wash them they don’t create any micro-plastics that can further harm our environment. Did I mention they are machine washable?!
Plus, knowing that my utensils are protected by organic cotton ensures me that I am not putting more toxins inside my body from plastic-based materials or packaging.
Remembering Your Reusables
Simply remembering to bring your reusable utensils can be a challenge sometimes. Yet I have noticed that since I received my reusable utensil and straw packs from StrawSleeves I love them so much that I never forget them! These packs are designed so beautifully and come in a large range of designs to suit anyone’s style. I chose the blue organic cotton style because 1. blue is my favorite color, and 2. organic cotton is super sustainable so this utensil pack not only keeps my utensils safe and clean but is beautiful and eco friendly too.
I firmly believe that if you really love something you never forget it and that is definitely the case with these reusable utensil packs! These packs are so gorgeous and eco friendly that I never leave without them.
Yet if you are in a rush then it is easy to forget things, so if you pack your utensil and straw sleeves ahead of time in your purse or car you don’t have to worry about forgetting them. This tip also helps you to remember your reusable bags!
So, if you are looking to reduce plastic waste in your life go to StrawSleeves and pick out a utensil or straw sleeve and know that you are supporting a small business and a clean environment. It only takes a little bit of planning and a StrawSleeves pack to greatly reduce plastic waste anywhere you go.
Do you have a reusable utensil or straw pack? What are some of your tips to reduce plastic waste on the go? Share your tips in the comments!