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Old 07-11-18, 06:28 AM
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Metal straws?

The other thread about pilfering napkins, straws etc made me think about something I heard the other day. In an attempt to solve the plastic straw problem, at least one restaurant has gone to metal straws.

How does this work exactly? Are they disposable? Which I don't see how that is going to solve the problem. Or are they reusable which is really disgusting.

Either way it is disgusting because metal can give such a lousy taste to your beverage.
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Old 07-11-18, 06:35 AM
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Hadn't heard about metal straws....one locally here is going to paper straws.
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Old 07-11-18, 06:42 AM
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Hadn't heard about metal straws....one locally here is going to paper straws.
Straws were long made from paper... so no real surprise there.
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I was trying to remember a similar story about cleaning things in drinks. It just hit me. Frozen plastic cubes with LEDs inside. Restaurant claimed they washed them. Still disgusting but not as nearly as a metal straw (if they are reusing them). I can't see how you can wash them.

Here is an article that mentions the metal straws.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/10/d...staurants.html
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It's kinda funny. Years ago things like grocery bags, disposable cups, straws went from paper to plastic to "Save the trees!" I don't see metal straws as the solution.
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Paper straws on none seems to be the solution! Restaurants Cleaning metal ones ?? Maybe bring your own metal one if you really need one !
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In a restaurant? Gross. They have to be washed by hand with a narrow brush. We use 'em here for extra thick smoothies that would collapse anything else. Just get some 3/8" OD stainless tube cut to length, polish the ends of course.
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In a restaurant? Gross. They have to be washed by hand with a narrow brush. We use 'em here for extra thick smoothies that would collapse anything else. Just get some 3/8" OD stainless tube cut to length, polish the ends of course.
Do you reuse the metal ones?

Sorry I am not trusting that someone uses a tiny brush to clean my straw.

I prefer paper cups with no straw. Followed by glass with no straw. I use a straw for plastic glasses as I don't see how plastic can really be properly sanitized. You still have problems with someone's slobber getting inside the cup but there is only so much you can do.
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Straws is completely unnecessary invention.
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Straws is completely unnecessary invention.
Nope. they prevent milkshake mustaches.
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Originally Posted by Steeljag View Post
Paper straws on none seems to be the solution! Restaurants Cleaning metal ones ?? Maybe bring your own metal one if you really need one !
Standard kit...titanium bottle opener, titanium splayd, and titanium straw?
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Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
Do you reuse the metal ones?

Sorry I am not trusting that someone uses a tiny brush to clean my straw.
Of course reuse. I'm only talking about at home use. We only need two for our corresponding smoothie mugs. Yum.
Restaurants only use extra hot automatic washers, no way to get crud out of a straw.
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Originally Posted by FBOATSB View Post
Of course reuse. I'm only talking about at home use. We only need two for our corresponding smoothie mugs. Yum.
Restaurants only use extra hot automatic washers, no way to get crud out of a straw.
Oh thought you may have worked at a smoothie place.
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Pasta Straws? Use them once save them up, boil them and it's food. !







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I'm still wory about the huge amount of waste generated, whether they are plastic or paper.

Would be even better if after you finish with the drink, you can eat the straw and the cup.
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I'm still wory about the huge amount of waste generated, whether they are plastic or paper.

Would be even better if after you finish with the drink, you can eat the straw and the cup.
Paper biodegrades at least.
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Either way it is disgusting because metal can give such a lousy taste to your beverage.
I suggest you not visit the plastic water bottle thread in General. Lot's of people there say they have switched to metal bottles because they don't affect taste.

Yes. Seems like metal straws would present cleaning problems. If you put one in a dishwasher on its side, it might not get clean all the way through. Even if you could stand one up on its end the spray might not reach the top because of the narrow diameter. Perhaps something like an industrial sanitizer used in hospitals might do the trick, but who is going to invest in one of those just for straws?
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I don't use straws, except in Icees, which I get maybe 8 times a year. It won't faze me at all if straws go away.

Metal straws sound like a personal injury lawsuit waiting to happen.
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starbucks is going to all compostable straws. I am sure everyone else will too. Local organic grocery here only has compostable straws or stainless steel straws for a buck.. I bought 2 of them.
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starbucks is going to all compostable straws. I am sure everyone else will too. Local organic grocery here only has compostable straws or stainless steel straws for a buck.. I bought 2 of them.
Just as long as they don't make a straw made out of compost!

What are they going to do about lids and a whole slew of other plastic things?
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What are they going to do about lids....
Here you go:

https://www.change.org/p/starbucks-s...le-coffee-lids
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Natural wheat straw. The original.
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And what happened to paper at the deli counter? One of my issues with picking up cold cuts is the plastic bags they come in. I try to re-purpose them. But I would rather just have paper.

All these compostable straws and lids are great but I am afraid we have already done our damage.
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Metal straws sound like a personal injury lawsuit waiting to happen.
I picked up a smoothie on my bike yesterday (not that frequent, but I was hot and thirsty). Anyway, I was drinking out of the straw while riding and thought it was a bit pokey.

I'm not sure the metal straws would be a big issue. Just skewer the brain, and there isn't much left to worry about.

As far as cleaning them, forks, spoons, and knives can be cleaned. I don't see why straws couldn't be cleaned. It may depend a bit on the drinks. A sugary drink should clean just fine. Some things like chocolate might crust up a bit.

If necessary, one could invent an automatic straw cleaner/polisher

I bet there would be an initial problem with thefts, although that might be reduced over time.
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I've purchased a number of those double-walled tumblers in various capacities-- my current favorite is a stainless steel 30oz Aladdin-- and they all seem to come with a semi-flexy giant Boba-drink-sized silicone(?) straw. For reusable purposes, that seems like a possible route. No brain skewer potential. I've never used one, but I have a bunch in a drawer.
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