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The Last Straw – Reduce Your Footprint

Each summer, smoothie production ramps up at our house.  No particular recipe – just fruit and either yoghurt or milk or maybe some juice, mixed in the blender with ice (if we have it).  We often have one mid morning on a Saturday instead of morning tea.

The problem with smoothies is that they’re not only smooth but thick and, thin plastic straws just don’t convey a sufficient amount of smoothie to your mouth.  They are also not exactly good for the environment, made of plastic and tossed out after one use.  Last year I said I would look for something better and this year, a couple of smoothies into the Summer, I got my act together searching for an alternative.

And this is what I came up with – a stainless steel straw.  Sturdy enough for the thickest drink, fat enough to deliver a decent mouthful and, reusable.  I got these from the USA online from eBay for less than $12 including postage.

four steel straws

An appropriate photo would of course be a steel straw sitting in a smoothie however the day I wrote this, I was enjoying a homemade iced coffee (black coffee, ice, 1tsp maple syrup, 1tbsp only skim milk) and a steel straw works equally as well in that!

steel straw in a glass of iced coffee

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3 comments… add one
  • The Food Sage February 4, 2013, 11:39 am

    Love the idea of these straws and great carbon footprint survey … looking forward to hearing the results.

  • Amanda February 4, 2013, 5:38 pm

    Love the straws, but I'd imagine you'd have to be pretty thorough with cleaning them.

    • Fiona Bris-Vegas! February 5, 2013, 8:04 pm

      Yes, it's important to be thorough. Happily, they can go in the dishwasher!

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