I don’t know about you, but I’m not that into New Year’s Resolutions… I tend to forget all about them until it’s December and I realise that I haven’t learnt French or bungee jumped again. So I prefer setting new goals at any point that feels right. And if one thing you’d like to do in 2018 is making more conscious purchases, then let me get you acquainted with RESTRAW. RESTRAW make reusable straws that are easy to take along wherever you go. The products and packaging are as environmentally friendly as possible. The straws are easy to clean and store, making them easy to incorporate into your life and that removes the need for single use straws when eating out or on-the-go.
The packaging for RESTRAW is cleverly designed and so beautiful to give or receive. My RESTRAW combo was made up of an Original glass straw and a bamboo straw with a cleaning brush and hemp sleeve. I take my bamboo straw with me in its hemp pouch wherever I go. Cleaning is simple, a quick rinse straight after use then soak the straw and use the cleaning brush. The pouches are also quick clean by hand washing. My glass straw I keep for use at home- I hadn’t used straws at home before but it’s actually great to have on hand. The glass is borosilicate glass, which is a super fancy technical term for being able to withstand really high and low temperatures. Using RESTRAW’s online shop you can make your own combination of either the Original (straight), Smoothie (straight and extra wide) or Bent straws with the accessories you’d like in colours of your choice.
But why reusable straws? A lot of us aren’t conscious of how the plastic packaging we use on a daily basis for food and drink affects the environment. The food and drinks that are convenient for us, usually come in single-use plastic packaging. Think your ready-to-go meal or straws for your drink. Even though we may be throwing them away, a lot of these items end up in landfills or ultimately in the ocean. Founders, Kate and Eric Wittstock saw this first hand in Bali, where they saw how bad the situation they had always been aware of, had become. “We’ve always done our part in terms of recycling etc, but we came across reusable straws in Bali for the first time and decide we need to bring the initiative back home in SA. So I quit my job in advertising and focused on bringing RESTRAW back to life.” For more reading on how single-use straws affect the oceans, you can check RESTRAW’s page on it here and I found this further reading pretty informative and insightful too.
Another great thing is that every product except the bamboo straws and cleaning brushes are locally made, and as many materials as possible are eco-friendly and sustainable. The sleeves are 100% hemp, which is a sustainable fabric that’s also antifungal and antibacterial. The packaging is locally made, biodegradable and recycled… so many wins! If you’re planning on a getting your own pack, you can start making a difference while you wait for your speedy delivery. Simply say “no straw please” with your next soda, cold drink, juice or smoothie.