I purchase 100 count straws from the dollar store that we use on a daily basis. During the Christmas holiday shopping or gift giving, there is a long metal tube that Stockmeyer Short Bread cookies come in which makes a great storage container for straws. The tin holds exactly 100 of the narrow longer flexible straws. This has kept the straws stored in a clean and dry environment and keeps them from falling out of the bags that can risk contamination. It's also great when traveling or during a picnic.
By Sonia M. from Cincinnati, OH
Good idea. I've been using an Oatmeal Box, but I like your metal cookie can a lot better.
Thank you for sharing.
It also keeps the tin from ending up in the landfill as well.
This is a good idea. I never thought about using my old Saltine can for storing straws, but I can put it to good use now. Thanks for the tip.
But why use "plastic" straws at all? Plastics have harmful toxins in them, so putting them into your mouth directly, just like drinking from plastic water bottles, is something to be avoided. Also, because they are so lightweight, they may end up the in streets, roads, parks, etc. if they blow out of your trash bin or even blow away if they're in the landfill. If you must use straws at all (not sure why they're so necessary), why not go for paper? Better for you and your family, better for the environment!
Caseye, in Sonia's defense she did not say the straws were plastic (paper straws come in those colors showing in her photo, too) and even if they are plastic, the HDPE now for them is either # 2 or #5 and those are safe plastics to even wash and reuse. You do have a good point about them ending up in landfills, though, so please recycle. Also, the reason straws are necessary is because no matter what you're drinking, except for plain water, straws greatly reduce the chance of tooth decay. The only exception to the rule for using a straw is not to use one for three or four days after having a tooth extraction to keep from getting dry socket. The best way to drink from a straw is from the center of your mouth with the sucking end about an inch or so past your teeth.
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