Guide To Different Types Of Reusable Straws And Where To Buy Them In Singapore

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Where to buy reusable straws in Singapore

 

Reusable Straws SingaporeImage adapted from @hannahvrose_fitness, Mother by Nature, @commune_bondi

With Earth Hour, plastic bag-free days at supermarkets, and major eateries going strawless, we can’t help but want to join in the cause in a bid to save Mother Earth. Some of us have even bought our own reusable straws to minimise the use of disposable ones. But with so many reusable straw options out there, picking out the right eco-friendly alternative isn’t that simple.

Here, we compare 5 reusable straw types - metal, glass, bamboo, silicone and foldable ones - and tell you where to get them in Singapore to help make your decision easier.

 

- Metal Straws -

 

Pros: The most popular choice, these straws are easily cleaned and are the most durable of the lot. You can chuck these babies in your bag without having to worry about them shattering.

Cons: If not dried properly, metal straws can rust and develop a metallic taste when used. Do air your straws, and make sure you only opt for stainless steel ones. They’re also not the most suitable for hot drinks as metal conducts heat, potentially searing your lips.

 

Where to get them:

 

1. Nit & Grit

 

Reusable Metal Straws SingaporeYou can customize your straw with their metal engraving services - minimum order of 30 pieces required

Sold from a neighbourhood bubble tea shop, Nit & Grit’s metal straws ($4) come in a variety of metallic finishes, from rose gold to rainbow. They also have bubble tea sizes ($4.50) and you can customize your very own set with drawstring pouches ($1) and cleaning brushes ($0.50).

Address:  #01-38 Hougang Green Shopping Mall, 21 Hougang Street 51, Singapore
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11.30AM - 8PM, Sat & Sun: 10AM - 8PM

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2. Seastainable Co.

 

 Reusable Metal Straws SingaporeImage credit: @seastainable.co

A start-up spearheading the reusable straw movement in Singapore, Seastainable Co. works together with marine conservation organisations in SEA to protect the coral reefs. Their straw sets ($10) come in a drawstring bag with a whale print. They also hawk other items like handmade reusable cloth drink holders ($7).

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3. My Dream Vibe

 

 Reusable Metal Straws SingaporeCustomize your velvet carry case with your name
Image credit: My Dream Vibe

Up your straw game and get this luxurious-looking stainless steel straw set (from $15) from My Dream Vibe. Every set has 3 straws, including a bubble tea-sized one, and a straw cleaner. Unlike your standard metal straws, these come with a bevelled edge that won’t cut your tongue. The other end has a pointed edge to poke through those invincible bubble tea lids.

While you’re at it, get a matching personalized stainless steel mug or flask from $28 onwards.

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4. The Sustainability Project

 

 Reusable Metal Straws SingaporeImage credit: The Sustainability Project

The Sustainability Project stocks minimalist straws in sipper ($6) and smoothie sizes ($8). Every purchase comes with a straw cleaner.

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- Glass Straws -

 

Pros: They leave no residual taste and being see-through, are the easiest to clean. You can use them for hot drinks without scalding yourself.

Cons: These straws are fragile, requiring care when you’re on-the-go. The drinking itself also requires a little more effort because glass straws have a thicker tube.

 

Where to get them:

 

5. GlassDharma Straws @ Neis Haus

 

 Reusable Glass Straws SingaporeThese straws are made from sturdy borosilicate glass and have a lifetime guarantee for any breakage
Image credit: Neis Haus

The Neis Haus is a local online shop that sources home goods from around the world. They stock GlassDharma straws which come in 4 sizes: normal ($16.90), smoothie ($18.90), and bubble tea-sized ($18.90). In fact, they’re one of the few stores in Singapore that stockreusable glass straws for bubble tea.

Reusable Glass Straws Singapore

Image credit: Neis Haus

For those who “live, laugh and love”, you’ll be glad to know that they straws with words of gratitude engraved on them.

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6. Trove of Gaia

 

 Reusable Glass Straws SingaporeElegant minimalist straws
Image credit: Trove of Gaia

The straws from Trove of Gaia are simple and come in 4 colours: Clear, Pink, Seafoam and Black at $7 a pop - cheaper than at most places. Top up a dollar for the cleaning brush.

They’ve got metal and bamboo straws on their site too, along with wheat cutlery ($9.90).

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7. Gallery & Co @ National Gallery

 

If you prefer to make purchases at a physical store, pop-by Gallery & Co, the souvenir shop at National Gallery. They carry curved glass straws ($7.90) that come in three colours: seafoam, orange and pink!

Reusable Curved Glass Straws SingaporeThe glass straws come with a burlap bag and cleaner
Image credit: @zeorabigail

They even come with a cute ribbed detail that makes them look like those bendy plastic straws. And hey, this saves you that extra bit of effort from bending forward to take a sip. First world problem: solved!

Gallery and CoImage credit: Gallery & Co

Address: 1 St Andrew's Rd, Singapore 178957
Opening hours: 10AM - 7PM daily

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- Bamboo Straws -

 

Pros: Bamboo straws are touted to be one of the most eco-friendly options to plastic disposable ones, as they’re made from a sustainable resource and are completely biodegradable. The straws are well insulated from hot drinks, making them kid-friendly.

Cons: Being made from wood, bamboo is porous. Mildew hence tends to grow on the inside of the straw, making it hard to clean. Certain brands are also known to have a woody taste to them and retain the previous drink’s flavour.

 

Where to get them:

 

8. Bamboo Straw Girl

 

 Reusable Bamboo Straws SingaporeImage credit: Bamboo Straw Girl

The straws from Bamboo Straw Girl are lovingly crafted by hand from whole bamboo shoots. 3 lengths of 12cm, 20cm, and 25cm are available, sold in packs of 5 starting from $15.  These are chemical-free and don’t have the “woody bamboo flavour” either!

Each purchase comes with a set of care instructions to help maximise your usage.

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9. Wellness Within

 

Reusable Bamboo Straws SingaporeImage credit: @wellnesswithinsg

Wellness Within’s smooth bamboo straws are made from organic Indonesian bamboo, by local families in need and at-risk youth. They come in 2 sizes, slim ($3) and wide ($4.50). Or, go splitsies over a 5 pack set with your BFFs, starting at $13.50/pack.

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10. The Zero Ways - Eclecticism @ Wheelock Place

 

 Reusable Bamboo Straws SingaporeImage credit: The Zero Ways

Eclecticism at Wheelock Place stocks bamboo straws ($3.90 each) by The Zero Ways. Here, you can mix and match pieces for your very own straw set, with cute carrying cases and other straw types available too.

 Reusable Bamboo Straws SingaporeImage credit: The Zero Ways

They also have specially engraved straws with inspirational quotes like “Every act of kindness is charity” - a friendly reminder to spread the love. Corporate engraving services can be engaged.

Address: #B1-06 Wheelock Place, 501 Orchard Road, Singapore 238880
Opening hours: 10AM - 10PM daily

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- Silicone Straws -

 

Pros: Made for the straw biters out there, silicone straws have a soft rubbery texture. This makes them kid-friendly too. This synthetic material is BPA free, durable and able to withstand heat of up to 200 degrees celsius.

Cons: Although the material itself is washable, the malleable nature of the straws make them a little tricky to clean. They could also tear if you’re not careful during washing.

 

Where to get them:

 

11. Starbucks

 

Reusable Silicon Straws SingaporeImage credit: Starbucks

Starbucks just released their very own line of silicone straws in late November 2018. They come in a drawstring pack of 3 ($12.90), with cleaning brush included. These curved straws are extra large and great for drinking a venti-sized jelly drink from.

Starbucks reusable straw SingaporeImage credit: Starbucks

Find the list of all Starbucks outlets in Singapore here.  

 

12. Hiware

 

Silicone straw SingaporeImage credit: Hiware

Hiware’s affordable straw combos are totally worth it if you can spare the delivery waiting time. Each pack costs USD7.90 (~S$11) and comes with 3 straight and 3 curved silicone straws, 4 metal straws and 2 cleaning brushes.

They also sell extra long 30cm straws ($8.90 for 4) for tall water tumblers. Best part? There’s free standard shipping to Singapore.

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- Foldable straws -

 

Pros: Convenient for travelling purposes or if you’re carrying a small dainty purse, foldable straws help you save that extra bit of space and usually come with a carrying case.

Con: The one-piece foldable types can be a little tricky to clean, and are currently the most expensive of the lot.

 

Where to get them:

 

13. Chew

 

 Reusable Metal Silicon Straws SingaporeThis foldable straw is a combination of metal and silicone
Image credit: Chew

A startup by a group of NUS students, Chew combines 3 straws types into one compact device. Feel free to bite the silicone part of the mouthpiece, while having the convenience of cleaning with the stainless steel body.

Reusable Metal Silicon Straws SingaporeImage credit: Chew

They’ve also made cleaning foldable straws less of a chore. After a rinse, all you have to do is place the pieces in the provided carrying case and spin the device around your fingers for instant drying action.

 Reusable Metal Silicon Straws SingaporeImage credit: Chew

Chew Straw ($23) comes in 2 colours, mint blue and black, and each set includes 3 extra textured silicone mouthpieces and a pipe-cleaner. You’ll also be glad to hear that the case cover comes with a sharp edge to poke through plastic bubble tea lids.

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14. OrzBuy @ Lazada

 

 Reusable Metal Straws SingaporeImage credit: OrzBuy

OrzBuy foldable straws are very much like a magic trick on their own, being a one-piece self-assembling straw that snaps into place. Made out of stainless steel and thermoplastics, this straw is suitable for hot drinks. Each one goes at at $10.70, with the carrying case and cleaning brush included.

 Reusable Metal Straws SingaporeThe sleek and compact metal case makes it great add-on to your travelling kit
Image credit: OrzBuy

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BONUS: Edible straws

 

 Edible Reusable Straws SingaporeColourful edible straws made from fast-growing kelp
Image credit: Loliware

Just launched earlier in 2018, Lolistraw by Loliware is an edible single-use straw made from kelp. It’s 100% biodegradable and highly compostable, able to break down in just 60 days. Fascinatingly, they come in a variety of plant-based flavours like rose, mango and yuzu.

These are not officially out in the market yet, but you can keep an eye on their Kickstarter campaign for future international launches. They also sell edible solo-cups in 5 different flavours.

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Eco-friendly straws to buy in Singapore

 

Save the environment one straw at a time by doing away with disposable ones. With this list, finding the right straw for your needs is easy-peasy. Not to mention, your drinks will look super cute as you sip on your drink!

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