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3 Eco-Friendly Straw Options to Solve a Parent’s Dilemma
Posted By Pamela Alma Weymouth On September 16, 2011 @ 9:13 am In eco toddler,green design,green family,green kids | No Comments
Sadly, those beloved juice boxes might read “Organic” or “All Natural”, but if your child is drinking it with a straw that’s made with petrochemicals and probably laden with BPA and other hormone altering substances isn’t “natural” an oxymoron? (And I’m not even talking about what’s lining your child’s juice box.)  Although The Soft Landing suggests that most straws these days are made with #2 or #5 plastics which are considered low in toxicity, an Environmental Health Perspectives study suggested that even BPA free plastics leach toxic chemicals .
Life Without Plastic’s  elegant stainless steel straws  are indestructible as well as free of petrochemicals, BPA and phthalates , and they will last for generations to come. Each four-pack costs $11.95 and includes a tiny brush for easy cleaning. Like all Life Without Plastic products these are made of the highest food-grade stainless steel and they are ethically sourced.
For the grown-ups you can buy the Glass Dharma straws , which are equally beautiful and amazingly come with a lifetime warranty! They come in 6 different sizes, bent or straight, and the starting price is only $6.95 per straw or $28.00 for a set of 4, which isn’t bad for something that you can use again and again. If you want to get fancy you can splurge for the straws that are color coded so that each guest can separate their drink according to their favorite color!
+ Glass Dharma 
A third option is corn-based compostable straws . These are also free of toxins and (if you have composting facilities available) they are compostable. For only $1.71 you can buy a pack of 100 or for $2.00 you can get them in red or green. You can order online or drop by your nearest Whole Foods . They’re travel friendly for parents who want to take them on the road. Moreover, next time your toddler has a public melt-down just hand them one of these and you’ve got an instant puppet, pacifier, or twisty toy, plus five minutes of peace and quiet!
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Unfortunately, none of these manufacturers provide lessons in straw etiquette. Be forewarned, your little ones may blow bubbles, slurp and decorate your house with their beverage of choice. However, you can rest assured that with these straws they won’t harm their bodies or the planet. Now that’s a good enough reason for anyone to giggle.
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 Be Straw Free.: http://bestrawfree.org
 what’s lining your child’s juice box.): http://www.inhabitots.com/85-of-kids-drinks-snacks-could-contain-high-levels-of-lead/
 The Soft Landing : http://guide.thesoftlanding.com/2009/07/10/drinking-straws-getting-to-the-bottom-of-it/
 even BPA free plastics leach toxic chemicals: http://www.inhabitots.com/even-bpa-free-plastics-may-release-harmful-chemicals/
 Life Without Plastic’s: http://www.lifewithoutplastic.com
 stainless steel straws: http://lifewithoutplastic.com/boutique/stainless-steel-straw-p-466.html
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 Glass Dharma straws: http://glassdharma.com/
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 corn-based compostable straws: http://www.worldcentric.org/biocompostables/utensils/straws
 Whole Foods: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/
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