CurrentStraw Components

When we created CurrentStraw, we wanted to help provide a permanent solution to help reduce the worlds dependency on "single-use" plastic straws. However, we also wanted to ensure we gave customers the best quality possible while maintaining a comfortable and natural drinking / straw experience! 

To accomplish this, we had to innovate, create and develop our CurrentStraw from the ground up... including our proprietary and exclusive Straw Tips!

FAQ

Q: How long are your straws?
A: Our straws can be as short as 6" and can expand all the way out to 12" (for our 2, 4, and 8 packs). Our silicone tips are move-able / adjustable on the straws, so with our one curved tip, the straw goes from 6" - 10" in height, and if you add our straight tip onto the other end, it can expand to 12".
Q: Are the straws dishwasher safe?
A: Yes our straws and our silicone tips are dishwasher safe. However, we recommend that you use the provide brush and a simple hand-wash to clean your CurrentStraw. The brush will do a better job cleaning the inside of the straw than a dishwasher.
Q: Can the silicone tips be removed?
A: Yes! The tips can be moved, up, down, or taken off completely. The best way to clean your straw is to remove the tips altogether.
Q: Do you sell to retail stores / wholesale?
A: Yes! Send us a note and find out more by visiting our WHOLESALE PAGE
Q: I see other options like bamboo etc... why is CurrentStraw better?

 

Questions About Plastic

Why all the huff over plastic straws?

Plastic straws cause direct harm to our oceans. We use over 500 million plastic straws every day in America, and most of those end up in our oceans, polluting the water and killing marine life. This is a massive problem causing direct and undisputed harm to our oceans and marine animals. 

I thought you could recycle plastic?

Although we all feel good about recycling, it is far from a perfect system. In fact, a significant amount of the items you try to recycle often end up in the landfill & oceans. This may be because the items are contaminated with food, are not the correct material, or in the case of straws - they are too lightweight to make it through the mechanical recycling sorters. Recycling has also become a big business, but unfortunately only certain items make these companies money... such as glass and larger items. And although not everyone operates this way, we all know that businesses will follow the money and focus on what makes them profit. And small plastic straws are not profitable to recycle.

How do they end up in the oceans?

Humans! Out of 500 million plastic straws a day, we only need a small percentage to be disposed of improperly to create a major problem. Maybe they are littered, blown off a trash bag, washed down a storm drain, or missed in the recycling process. Don't forget, gutters and storm drains ultimately go to the ocean!

Once they are in the water - what happens?

Plastic does not dissolve or biodegrade. This is the big problem. It breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces called micro-plastics - but it doesn't go away. It is estimated that 71% of seabirds and over 30% of turtles have ingested these small plastic pieces. If you're curious how that can hurt the animals - check out this video of a turtle.

How is CurrentStraw different?

The solution for straws, like all plastic items, can be incredibly simple. We need to move away from "single-use" items - and start thinking longterm and multi-use. If 500 million plastic straws are used every day- think how much plastic thrown away that equals every year! Now imagine if every single day, those 500 million people didn't buy a new straw... because they had a permanent solution. That's what we provide. A permanent straw you can use over and over and over again.

What about your materials... are they better for the environment?

YES! The biggest impact you can have is simply having an option that you can use over and over again instead of single use item. The practice of reusing something is what has the largest benefit for the environment. And our steel straws are designed to be a permanent straw that you can use for years and years! Our carrying cases are made from bamboo, one of the fastest growing and most environmentally approved fibres on the plant. Our silicone tips are long lasting and eco-approved.  Extensive testing has determined that silicone is not toxic to aquatic or soil organisms, is not hazardous waste, and can be recycled after a lifetime of use, unlike plastic straws. You have likely noticed more and more of your cooking items are being made with silicone, as it provides a durable, long lasting, and environmentally sustainable material.

 

The Alternatives

While there are a lot of straw subsitutions out there, we tested them all in designing our CurrentStraw. Here is What we found out:

Bamboo Straws: They break! The bamboo in a bamboo straw is so thin, that the slightest pressure snaps them and creates jagged bamboo splinters. Simply put, they don't last.

Paper Straws: They fall apart! Well... they are paper after-all! And even though manufacturers try and add waterproof coatings to them, they still dissolve, lose their shape and fall apart. Plus you can't chew on a paper straw without getting a mouth full of soggy paper!

Plastic Straws: If you haven't visited our "Get Informed" page on why plastic straws...suck... please check it out and Get Informed! 

Glass Straws: The shatter! Yikes! Seriously, although they are usually made with stronger glass, they still can easily shatter if hit on a table, sat on incorrectly or bent! Shards of glass in your drink... no thank you!

And that's why we settled on our CurrentStraw components
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Stainless steel is nearly indestructible! And although it's rigidity is awesome, by itself, it doesn't feel great on your teeth or in your mouth! 

Silicone is an environmentally smart product and more straws are being made with it! It provides a natural texture and comfortable sipping experience for it's user (you can chew on your straw again!), but by itself, it is floppy and bends too much. 

Put them together however (stainless steel straw + silicone straw tips) and we think we discovered the PERFECT combination. Give it a try!


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