Saturday, October 11, 2014

Eco at Heart Stainless Steel Straws [Review]

As I continue toward my goal is reducing the amount of plastic that our family uses, I am pleased to see that companies are also striving toward this goal. With more options for glass and stainless steel containers and accessories, we are slowly replacing plastic items in our house. Eco at Heart stainless steel straws are an affordable and reusable alternative to plastic straws.

Stainless Steel Straws       ($14.97)
Rating: total green check marks out of 5.

The Good
The Not So Good
18/8 grade stainless steel

3/8" extra wide size (good for smoothies)

Includes a cleaning brush

Odorless and tasteless

Eco at Heart stainless steel straws come in a pack of 5 straws with one cleaning brush. The straws are 8.5" long, 3/8" wide, 18/8 grade stainless steel, highly polished, and perfectly strait. The length and width of these straws makes them perfect for drinking smoothies or other thick drinks. The straws can be stored in the freezer to keep cold smoothies cold. Though I recommend being careful with hot beverages as the stainless steel straw will get very hot and you could burn your fingers and lips/mouth.

The stainless steel straws can also be safely washed in the dishwasher without worrying about chemicals leaching out. Although most plastic today are "dishwasher safe," it does not necessary mean that you should wash them in the dishwasher. Hot water and heat will promote leaching of chemicals out of plastic. Stainless steel is a great reusable and non-toxic alternative to plastic straws.

I have enjoyed using these straws for smoothies and milkshakes. I like that I can wash them in the dishwasher. I am very careful and only wash glass and stainless steel in the dishwasher. My 18 month old toddler drinks from a sippy cup that has a straw inside, but I would wait to introduce him to these straws because there are wider around. I am afraid that he would take it too much water in one suck. Once he is older, I plan on introducing him to these stainless steel straws.

If you are looking for an alternative to throwing away plastic straws or washing flimsy plastic straws, looks to stainless steel. Eco at Heart stainless steel straws are perfect for kids because they will not break if dropped.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. All opinions are my own.

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