Custom Reusable Straws: Promotions That Are Good to the Last Drop…And Beyond!

We thought we knew straws. There were three types: straight, bendy, and at some point in the swinging 60s, we even got crazy straws. Then something strange happened. Straws were reinvented. Suddenly, you could choose from collapsible straws, silicone straws, bamboo straws, metal straws, and so much more. The reusable straw movement had hit.

Still a new and popular trend, we’re not sure we’ve seen the end of reusable straw innovation. Finally, we’ve got options—and with that, preferences! The brilliant thing about reusable straws, other than that they don’t wind up cluttering the ocean like disposable straws, is that we can choose our favorite.

If your company is looking to promote with eco-friendly reusable straws, there are tons of choices available and some will be better than others at suiting your needs. Let’s discuss the different types of reusable straws and which will work best for promoting your business.

Types of Custom Reusable Straws

  • Metal Straws
  • Collapsible Straws
  • Bamboo Straws
  • Silicone Straws

Best for Easy Cleaning: Branded Metal Straws

Metal straws take drinking to a whole new level. You never have to worry about them breaking and leaving you with a subpar sip. Instead, these branded metal straws are made to last so your laser engraved promotion will too. You can get them in standard silver stainless steel, or get opt for gold and copper tinted straws to match your brand. That makes them a great upgrade to offer at cafés or coffee shops. Plus, they come with a wire cleaning brush and a colored silicone tip for comfortable sipping.

Tip: Still like the feel and look of bendy straws? Choose custom stainless steel straws that are made with an angle to mimic the bendy straw.

Most Portable Option: Collapsible Straws

Collapsible straws are the trendiest of the trend. Not only do they give you all the durability and enjoyment of a metal straw, they also fold up small enough to be carried on a keychain. In fact, the keychain cases they come in provide even more space for your custom logo. The three-in-one keychain, straw with silicone tip, and pipe cleaner kit is a big hit with clients. Offer these as custom merch in your store to draw positive, eco-friendly attention to your brand.

All Natural & Chemical-Free: Bamboo Straws

Aesthetically, nothing beats the bamboo straws. But they’re more than looks. As a natural material, bamboo straws are chemical-free. That and their durability makes them an ideal choice for companies with eco-conscious clientele. You can sell custom bamboo straws that come in a personalized cotton sack as a thoughtful offering with a great message.

Unmatched Flexibility: Silicone Straws

Like collapsible metal straws, the main draw of silicone straws is that they’re made to pack small and travel well. When you want to use the straw, simply take it out of the case it’s folded in, and it will snap into its familiar shape.

Branded silicone straws are also nice in that they come in a range of sizes and colors. So if you have a smoothie shop, you may want to offer wide silicone straws that are a bit better for thick drinks. The one disadvantage to these when compared to collapsible straws is that they are designed to fold down as small as possible, and often don’t come with a wire cleaner.

More to Sip On: Reusable Straw Cleaning and Other Tips

Now that you know which custom straws are going to work best for your business, here are some other good-to-know facts about reusable straws:

  • Cleaning Bamboo: When cleaning bamboo straws, leave them out to dry flat, rather than vertically so that water doesn’t collect at the bottom and damage the bamboo. These best cleaned by hand, rather than in the dishwasher.
  • Food-Grade Silicone: It’s really important to customers that your straws are made with food-grade silicone that won’t leach chemicals into what they’re drinking. Make sure to check that your reusable silicone straws are made with food-grade material suitable for the dishwasher and hot beverages.
  • Silicone Tip or No Silicone Tip: It’s totally up to you. Some people find that the stainless steel straws are too firm, and like biting on the silicone when they sip. Others enjoy the look of the stainless steel straws without the tip.
  • Best Case Scenario: If you’re looking for a reusable straw that ditches plastic altogether, then the best cases for you are ones made with wheat straw or cotton. The collapsible straw with wheat straw case uses significantly less plastic, making it more eco-friendly. And the bamboo straws come in a cotton pouch, making them a zero-plastic promotion.

Ready to ditch disposable straws? It’ll be the last straw you throw away. Pick one of these eco-friendly reusable straws to offer your customers, and share the how you customized it with us on Facebook or Instagram. Reaching your last straw never felt so good!

Jessica Carreiro

From marketing tips to product recommendations, I’m here to help small businesses be their best.

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