by | Sep 14, 2018 | Dirty Water News, Dirty Water TV, Featured, Food and Drink

Boston-based company aims to put plastic straws in the past.

Have you ever thought about where the straws we use end up? Unfortunately, once they are disposed of by you, they usually find their way into the ocean, where they interfere with the flow of natural sea life and pollute the food chain over time. Like forks, spoons and knives, straws should be reusable! It’s one simple – but incredibly effective – step we can all take to turning the tide of human pollution.
Each day, 500 million plastic straws are used in the U.S. alone. That’s enough straws to circle the Earth 2.5 times. Made predominantly from Type 5 plastic, plastic straws are nearly impossible to recycle and never fully degrade and that’s not the only problem with plastic straws. More than 1 million seabirds and one hundred thousand marine animals die each year as a result of plastic ingestion, which leads us asking … are plastic straws worth dying for?

Image credit: The Last Plastic Straw

And that’s not the only issue with plastic straw use. Due to its chemical makeup, there is nothing in nature that can biodegrade plastic. Every piece of plastic ever made is still in our environment in one form or another. Incineration, one of the only plastic removal methods, isn’t a great alternative. Burned plastics release toxic dioxins into our air and we ingest them through our food supplies. Recent studies show that infants are exposed to toxic BPA through their mother’s breast milk. Overall, plastic straws create issues for ourselves and our environment that can no longer be ignored.

Sustainable Sippin’ strives to make plastic straws a thing of the past. Owning your own reusable straw is a great first step toward reducing your environmental footprint and demonstrating your commitment to a cleaner Earth. Did you know that plastic straws change the flavor of your drink? Sustainably Sippin’ from a reusable straw not only makes a statement about what you stand for, it improves the taste of your drink. 

Sustainable Sippin’ was created by two Bentley University marketing students Shannon Fairweather (’20) and Daniel Linger (’17) who wanted to take what they learned about plastic waste in their Industrial Ecology class and make a difference in the world. From colorful glass bottles and insulated tumblers to glass, bamboo, and steel straws, Sustainable Sippin’ provides consumers with products that are trendy, high-quality, reasonably priced and environmentally friendly – making it all too easy to sip sustainably and in style.

The company’s mission is to bring high quality, affordable, reusable straws into the marketplace and ultimately start a movement that puts plastic in the past.

Because Sustainable Sippin’ is committed to making and leaving a positive impact on the world we live in, they are also donating 5% of straw sale proceeds to The Conservation Law Foundation, a New England based non-profit organization dedicated to finding lasting solutions for our environment. 

Shop Sustainable Sippin’ products now!