I’ve tried to be more environmentally conscious lately, especially now during COVID-19. Recently, I wrote an article on using soap bars to clean my kitchen and fresh produce. So, WonderSip is a wonderful (ha, pun) addition to my “friendly-to-the-environment” toolbox.
You may be wondering what WonderSip is — it’s a reusable plastic straw made out of food-grade polypropylene (PP), the same material used to make baby bottles. Different sizes are available for purchase: junior, standard, jumbo, and long.
The concept of reusable straws are not new to those who practice an eco-friendly lifestyle, especially after that viral video of a straw being pulled out of a turtle’s nose circled the internet. I’ve seen several kinds of reusable straws: paper straws, flexible silicone straws that fold up in a special holder, regular metal straws, and ones that collapse, fancy glass straws, etc. All of these are great options for those looking for a way to be more green, but the same problem plagues every single design – how do you properly clean the inside? Rinsing the straw right away and cleaning with a special skinny brush helps, but even then, you can’t be sure the interior is “actually” that clean. Straws are the perfect breeding ground for harmful bacteria.
Storytime…when I was younger, my best friend and I were getting a drink from the fridge and grabbed two metal straws from the kitchen drawer (even back then, I was friendly to the earth). Suddenly, she ran to the kitchen sink and proceeded to spit everything out of her mouth! The straw wasn’t appropriately cleaned and still had dried up remnants of the green smoothie we had a few mornings prior. After that, having learned her lesson the hard way, she always pre-rinsed her straws before using them. Dear readers, to avoid that problem, read on.
WonderSip’s claim to fame is the straw’s unique “click open” design. There’s a butterfly button near the top of the straw that you press your fingers against, and the straw pops open for an easy cleaning experience – either by hand washing or throwing in the dishwasher, which I find very convenient. After washing, you can click the straw back into place, and it’s ready to use again. The butterfly button doubles as both a cute design element and also a stopper for a mason jar lid if you turn the straw upside down.
WonderSip sent me their FantaSea Multicolor set, which comes with a linen pouch. This set includes five straws in various colors: midnight blue, lavender, pale pink, bright teal, and crystal clear. The butterfly button feature is relatively user friendly and handy for cleaning the inside of the straws.
The only concern I have is the hinge that holds the halves of the straw together, breaking or snapping apart. So far, everything has gone smoothly, and only time will tell how well these straws hold up to everyday use.
Thanks to WonderSip, I can easily clean the inside of my straws while being kinder to the planet and saving some turtles. Also, I can now use straws without fear of getting a mouthful of dried smoothie particles…which is a win in my book!