From Starbucks and Disney Parks to even the entire state of California, plastic straw bans are sweeping the nation, which is great news for the environment, but not necessarily great for parents of kids who slurp most of their restaurant beverages through straws. Luckily, there are other options that are both good for the planet and your sanity.

Here are some of the best plastic straw alternatives out there that are friendly for your kids, the environment—and your wallet, too!.


Stainless Steel

These stainless steel straws come with a pouch making them easy to tote around when you’re away from home. They also feature a silicone tip which makes them softer and more kid-friendly for those little ones that tend to chew on their straws.

Reusable Plastic Straws

While these straws are made of plastic, they are reusable, dishwasher safe and BPA-free. Plus they come in colorful patterns that kids will love.


Bamboo Straws

Bamboo is a sustainable resource and it makes for some great, kid-friendly reusable straws.

Folding Straws

You’re already toting enough kid gear around, never mind adding a pack of reusable straws. These clever stainless steel straws fold down and fit into a tiny travel holder so that you don’t have to add much more to that already bulging bag.

Koffie Straws

These 100 percent non-stick silicone straws are dishwasher-safe and come with a free cleaning brush. They also work well with hot drinks if your kids like to sip their hot cocoa through a straw.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

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