In a continuing campaign against single-use plastic, Woolworths has announced it will discontinue sales of plastic straws from the end of the year. It's a great step forward for environmentalism, but what does it mean for people who rely on straws for medical reasons, or just prefer it with their weekend cocktails? Here are some alternatives.
It's unknown whether Woolies will be bringing in its own eco-friendly alternatives once the ban is in place, but here are some options that are already readily available:
Bamboo straws are a classy-looking alternative to plastic straws that can be reused again and again, plus will make your cocktails look extra Instagrammable.
Glass straws are also a beautiful alternative to plastic straws, and come in a range of colours, shapes and sizes.
You can get a set of four bent glass straws for $9.99 here, or check out Bali-based Be Organic's range of glass straws in different colours and sizes.
Probably the most durable of the bunch, metal straws are a great addition to your cutlery drawer, plus you can keep one in your bag when going out out to save on plastic usage in cafes, restaurants and bars.
Need a reusable straw that's still a little flexible, or worried that glass and metal aren't suitable for your little ones? Check out these fun-coloured silicone straws that kids'll love.
Grab a pack of six (with two bonus metal straws) for $13.99 here.
If you still want a single-use option, opt for paper instead of plastic. Paper straws are easy to find (Kmart has a good range) and often come in cute colours and patterns.