Oprah had a pretty good Earth Day show yesterday. I particularly liked the part about using all reusable containers in your lunch. It saves you money since you don’t have to keep buying water bottles, sodas, plastic utensils, etc. According to the show:
By switching from using disposable items in your lunches to reusable ones, you could save as much as $320. You’ll reduce your waste too.
They featured several reusable options for the lunch, from lunch bags like this one to water bottles to little material sacks to hold your pretzels. (I’m not sure about that idea.)
One that particularly got my attention was stainless steel drinking straws:
I try to re-use drinking straws, but they get a little weird after going through the dishwasher, so I don’t like to give them to guests. It’s not that they aren’t clean, but you can see the water spots and wherever anyone bit on the straw, and it’s just a little funky to hand over to someone when you are pouring them a drink. Stainless steel straws seem like a good alternative to this problem.
The thing is, I’m not sure I would want to pay $12.99 got five of them. You would have to go through a lot of drinking straws to make that back. But it’s an intriguing idea, nevertheless.