Parents want what is best for their children and in this article we discuss which are the best reusable straws for toddlers along with reviewing the top 5.
These days many parents already know the importance of starting their children’s awareness of the environment as soon as they are toddlers.
What I do find amazing is that from this parental advice, today’s children are becoming more and more capable of understanding important environmental issues.
This is also due to school education as well as having high exposure to social media and television.
Reusable Straws – Why Make the Switch?
If you’ve not heard yet the government of the UK has set out plans banning plastic straws to protect future generations from toxic chemicals used in the manufacture of plastic.
And why not ban plastic straws when it takes 200 years for plastic to break down in the environment!
It’s not only the time it takes plastic to break down.
When it does it leaches toxic chemicals into soil and water reducing environmental sustainability.
A parent’s worst nightmare is the vision of their toddler’s future with a landscape littered with plastic, single-use items like straws in the millions.
Clearly the writing is on the wall for plastic straws!
Introduce Toddlers to the World of Environmental Sustainability
Of course there is so much to learn about sustainability.
For the very youngest toddlers, who are “pre pre-school age” the first step to introducing environmental sustainability can be as simple as a reusable straw.
And let’s face it, children of all ages love straws so what better way to start their journey of sustainability?
Which Reusable Straws are Best for Toddlers?
To make it easier for parents to choose the best eco friendly straws for children, there are four types of materials of the most popular sustainable straws:
- Stainless steel
In terms of sustainability all four materials originate from organic sources.
For example, stainless steel straws are made from organic alloys that are non-toxic.
Bamboo straws are made from reeds of bamboo plants which is plentiful as a natural source.
Glass straws are made from borosilicate which is a type of sand mineral found in the sea and coastal beaches.
Unlike plastic straws that have a petroleum base, silicone straws are biodegradable and breaks down into silica, carbon dioxide and water vapour.
They are sold in a variety of eye-catching colours.
Some eco friendly straws are flexible or sold in the straight form.
For the youngest toddlers, flexible straws are an easy move from baby bottles to drinking from a glass or cup.
This is also a good move away from sippy cups.
Tip: Use retired sippy cups to teach children how to grow plants from seeds to avoid discarding them to a landfill.
These cups are also ideal for starting seedlings in winter for spring planting.
5 of the Best Reusable Straws for Toddlers
Below are our recommendations for the 5 best eco friendly straws for toddlers.
Panda STIX Reusable Bamboo Drinking Straws
The Panda STIX reusable straws are about 10 inches long, natural, environmentally safe and biodegradable.
They are made of 100% bamboo and come in packs of 14.
Included in the product are 2 cleaning brushes along with a very handy carry case.
These straws have received 4.6 out of 5 stars from 9 customer reviews.
- These are completely biodegradable
- Great pack size
- Handy carry pouch
- Would be great as a kids party bag
- Not as colourful as other alternatives
Uarter Silicone Straws
The Uarter Silicone Straws are 10 inch in length and offered in standard and extra wide widths (0.43”).
These straws come in 6 bright colours.
Also included in the pack are 2 cleaning brushes however these straws are dishwasher safe as well.
This product received 4.5 out of five stars in ratings from 293 customer reviews.
- These are easy to clean using the dishwasher
- 2 x cleaning brushes are included
- BPA free
- Not the most rigid straws (although this might be a plus for kids)
Jungle Straws Bamboo Straws for Kids and Adults
Jungle Straws Bamboo straws for kids and adults are eight inches in size.
Each straw is individually handcrafted and made from biodegradable bamboo harvested in Vietnam.
They are SGS certified and regulated under ISO 9001 for product safety.
It received 4.9 out of five stars as rated by 26 customers.
- Kids are attracted to the natural bamboo colour.
- They are odourless
- Easy to clean in a dishwasher
- Cleaning brush included
- This bamboo straw is not as flexible as some other silicone options.
GF Design Silicone Straws
GF Design Silicone straws have a soft texture for toddler use.
The pastel colours of the GF Design Silicone straws is eye-catching for toddlers and may encourage them to drink their milk and fruit juices.
These are flexible, reusable and heat-resistant.
The product received 4.4 out of five stars as rated by 15 customers and sold with a clean brush, is dishwasher safe and durable.
- Colourful by design
- Easy to clean
- Soft material / Flexible
- BPA Free
- Tends to pick up residual flavors of strong flavoured beverages.
WEIC Toddlers Kids Silicone Straws
The WEIC Toddlers Kids Silicone straws are short straws at 5.2 inches by 1/4 inch wide.
These straws are heat-insulated free of BPS, phthalates, and are non-PVC eco friendly silicone that is non-toxic, tasteless and non-rubber.
It received 4.7 out of five stars as rated by 27 customers who reviewed it.
- Younger toddlers from 18 months old up to four years cannot easily bite through the durable silicone material.
- There is no fear of hurting developing teeth or gums.
- Although these WEIC Toddlers Kids Silicone Straws are fairly durable, parents are cautioned against allowing children prolonged chewing on these straws since they can be bitten off and swallowed. Normal use prevents this.
There are many choices for parents to select reusable straws for their toddlers.
The final selection may be decided by toddlers during a shopping trip for their very own eco friendly drinking straw that captures their fancy.