Dear Daedra: Do You Really Take Your Glass Straw Out To Eat?
Let’s be real, most people don’t bring their own eating utensils with them when they are out to eat. It is usually unnecessary because reusable forks, spoons, knives, plates, glassware and more are always provided for us (at least at sit down restaurants). But there’s one major exception to the rule, the straw.
It’s Only One More Dish
Why is it that everything else is acceptable to be washed and reused over and over, except straws? There’s billions of plastic straws being used, thrown away, and then harming the earth and animals everywhere, and we can’t take the extra step and use reusable straws? We are over 90% there already!
This became an integrity issue for me when I became aware of this phenomenon. Especially when I’m given TWO straws in one drink! Make that PER drink! The numbers are staggering. In just 3 hours, a typical venue serving 200 people will dispose of 600 plastic straws. You can see the numbers add up quick and we all know where those straws end up. That’s one major reason why creating Strawesome was so important to me. Anything I can do to shift that number down (and do it in a hurry) is worth it.
Glass Straw On Board
So to answer the question: Yes! I take my glass straws with me everywhere! To the juice bar. To the restaurant. To the wedding reception. To the park. To the mall. On a picnic. On vacation. You name it! And if I forget them, I still refuse the plastic straws and then suffer through without my straw (this happens less and less when you start building the habit). I might be crazy, but no matter how bad of a day I have, doing the right thing and being proud of using an alternative straw makes me feel alive and powerful every time. And people take notice!
Making Your Glass Straw a Mandatory Travel Companion
If I’ve inspired you at all to take your straw with you, here’s how I do it. As shown in the photo above, you can easily bring your straw along in one of our reusable To Go Cases stored in your hand bag. Because our To Go Cases are hard sided, they only fit our 8″ and shorter straws (yes, the bent styles fit, too!). If you want to take a longer straw with you, we have these locally made fabric pouches to fit our 10″ long straight or bent straws perfectly.
As soon as you are seated or place your order, mention to the order taker that you do not want them to bring you a straw because you have your own. We find you get better service after sharing with them why you have your own straw and they tend to remember you and your straw the next time you visit. The other cool outcome is when that person chooses to forward the message.
At the end of the meal when you’ve finished using your straw, shake and/or dry off any excess liquid and return the straw to its case. Later, you can wash the straw at home in the dishwasher or sink.
- So that you don’t forget your straw in a restaurant, keep the colorful carrying case out on the table. When you see the case you’ll remember to put your straw away.
- We always recommend that when you’ve finished your beverage, if possible, rinse out your straw with some water and then return it to your carrying case. If you drank something thick like a smoothie this will help you get the straw clean when you’re back to the sink and have soap & water or a dishwasher available. If you were to leave the smoothie residue in your straw, chances are it will dry inside it and make it more difficult to get sparkling clean.
- Our stainless steel Cleaning Brush can fit in the To Go Case as well, so bring one along if you know you might need it while on the go. The brush will not rust, so it’s okay if it stays wet for a while.
- Develop the habit of washing your straw and To Go Case and returning it to your hand bag or however you transport it as soon as you get home so that it is ready for its next use.
- If #4 is too much work, just buy additional straws and To Go Cases so that as soon as you get home you can put the clean set in the hand bag and the dirty in the dishwasher.
- You can fit 2-3 cocktail straws in one To Go Case. Great when going out with your spouse or friend!
I hope this has been a helpful post. My intention is that you will take your Strawesome Glass Straws with you on the go, spread the word, and help me close the gap on that last 10%! Your actions make a difference!
Win Some Strawesome Bucks
Comment on this post below and tell us your favorite place to take your glass straw(s) or that you want to take your straws if you had some. On November 15, 2016 we will choose one winner for a $15 gift certificate to Strawesome!
I would like to take my straw with me when I go to the movies.
I always care my reusable straw in my utensils pouch. I just brought it into smashburger and used it for my milkshake!
I have a bamboo straw case that I have taken out with me before. Need to remember it more when I go to the juice bar 🙂
I would take the straws for my kids and I to the park.
You know, I’ve never thought about taking one of my glass straws outside of my house! I’m going to get a travel pouch and start taking one everywhere I go so I’ll always be prepared!!! 😀 Thank you for this blog!
This is a great idea. I only have the “smoothie” straws…would love to get sone of the “thinner” ones for other beverages.
I love my variety of straws- smoothie, short, long. They go most everywhere a beverage goes with me- ballet lessons, art lessons, running errands, on vacation, out to eat… I haven’t taken them camping for feat of littles losing them in the woods. BUT camping, I don’t usually use straws. THAT could change 😉
I never thought to take my glass straws anywhere. I think the cases would also be a great place to store the straw so it doesn’t get lost or broken in a drawer somewhere.
I didn’t think of taking my straw with me and should! Thank you for this information. I need to get one of those nice cases, I think!
Great to hear how you take your straw out to restaurants. I would take on vacation with me for the kids.
I would like to take my glass straw to the moon and back 😉 Ok, short term goal, I’d be happy taking it to our huge family Thanksgiving dinner!!!
I hadn’t thought to take mine out with me either lol. I just may do that. Though if I bring mine the kids will want to bring theirs… and there’s a lot of them lol. I may need a case of cases!
I’ve never thought to bring my straws with me and will need cases so we can do it in the future 🙂
I’d take them when we go to our favorite restaurant! The Blue Moose, in East Grand Forks MN
Wow I never realized how much was wasted when eating out. I would take mine to the restaurant with me.
I’ve taken my straw to Panera and on road trips. 🙂
We rarely eat out, so I hadn’t really considered this – that is a lot of straws when you think about a fast food place or even a sit down restaurant! But I do use my glass straw in my water bottle, which is always with me when I head out. 🙂
We rarely eat out as well, but I think this is a fabulous idea. I bet it would make for interesting talk at the Thanksgiving Dinner table :).
I love having my straw in my tervis cup while driving. It makes it so much easier to drink and stay hydrated on the road (and at the office). I seldom eat out but when I do I pour any leftovers in my tervis to take with me.
I have mine in my vehicle & use it when I get a drink from the drive-through. I would like to get into the habit of bringing it into restaurants.
There are some really great ideas within all of these comments, and your blog explains perfectly why this matters. I use your straws all the time at home and have occasionally remembered to take one with me. So, just as I have hand sanitizer in the pocket of each door in the car, I’m going to put your reusable straws there now, too. That way I won’t find myself at a restaurant wishing I’d thought to bring them. They’ll already be in the car ready to go. 🙂
Congrats, Sally! You’re the winner! We will email you your gift code.
This is awesome! My lucky day! Thank you so much! Your straws brighten my days. 🙂
For picnics in the park. My son (2.5 yrs old) is your biggest fan!! He LOVESSSS them and wants to drink everything with them.
I would love to have my straw for those very rare occasions when we eat out!
We use are straws around the house all the time! I too have never really thought about taking them out, now I will!
I’m a huge coffee drinker so I always have my straw on hand when I go to a coffee shop. It may sound weird, but I not only use my straw for iced drinks but hot ones, too. Drinking hot liquids out of a regular plastic straw is obviously very bad for you but there is nothing wrong with doing so with a glass one. Try it next time to see why I love it so much!
I have one glass straw that is broken and now it is a short straw with a jagged end….I throw it into my wallet and take it with me everywhere but if my glass isn’t miniature size I can’t use it because it will sink into the glass and then I would have to stick my fingers into my drink to fish it out. So, until I get a new glass straw, I am forever stuck using miniature cups 🙂 If I win a beautiful new glass straw I would proudly display it in a trendy mason jar filled with organic iced tea while chauffering my children around to their activities, I could then walk around holding my regular sized mason jar with a regular sized glass straw instead of trying to hide my baby cup and my broken edged glass straw. My life would be complete! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Samantha, it’s not safe to use a broken straw. Please visit our Customer Service page for information getting a replacement. We also have a post prior to this one about repalcements.
Oh -thank you for letting me know! I have been using it for a long time that way…..it is from another company so I can’t get a replacement but I can hope I win one! 🙂
I would love to take it to restaurants so I don’t have to use those disposable plastic straws that restaurants offer. It would be great to use at the coffe shop for my ice coffee too!
I would love to take my straws along, I will have to get a couple of cases.
I would take my straw to the movie theater!!
I love to take mine to work. I end up drinking more when I use my straws.
I like to talk my straws to family gatherings…it’s a conversation starter.
We like to take walks to get drinks, and we always use our re-useable travel cups/mugs when we do so- never thought to bring re-useable straws. We’d love to add that to our “green routine.”
I love to take mine to the pool with me in the summer!
I like to take my straws on visits to my kids grand parent’s house. They always want to use a straw there and like the to use the glass straws!
I would like to take them on vacation to use when eating out. We rarely eat out when we are home.
We always use our Strawesome straws at home, but haven’t taken them when we go out. That’s going to change! I’m looking forward to purchasing some straws with cases to put in each of our stockings this year. They’ll go everywhere with us!
I take my straws to work everyday. I start using it in the morning before work and continue the rest of the day. I put it in the dishwasher at the end of the day.
We don’t go out to eat much so I just use my Strawsome Straw at home (and I only use that straw; it does get washed 🙂 ).