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If You Have to Use a Straw, Make it the FinalStraw

Do you love the feeling of slurping on a beverage through a plastic straw? I hate to break it to you, but this habit isn't good for the environment. It can also be a hard habit to break. If you find you simply must have your straw, then make it the FinalStraw. FinalStraw is precisely just that, the final straw. Reusable and collapsible, it is the last and only drinking straw you need. The first of its kind, this straw is battling the war on plastic one product at a time.

Why join the movement against plastic straws? Straws can't be recycled. They either sit in the landfill, wind up in waterways, or litter the earth one way or another. The Plastic Pollution Coalition estimates more than 500 million straws are used on a daily basis in the United States. FinalStraw founders Emma Cohen and Miles Pepper want to change that statistic. They estimate every reusable straw sold can eliminate 584 plastic straws a year from polluting the ocean and landfills.

What's great about FinalStraw is it has a stainless steel body with a a medical-grade TPE tubing that is completely reusable. It's BPA-free, dishwasher safe, and has a kid-friendly patented design. The collapsible straw folds up to the size of a car key and can easily be stowed away in your pocket, bag, and on a key ring itself.

If you're worried about keeping it clean, it also comes with a cleaning squeegee and nifty 100% recycled ABS case that's offered in four different colors - Suck-ulent Green, Shark-Butt Grey, Healthy Coral, and Arctic-Melt Blue. The zero waste product even comes with a lifetime guarantee.

For the straw lovers interested in eliminating plastic waste, you can back this project on Kickstarter. With pledge of $20 you'll receive one FinalStraw, color of choice case, squeegee cleaning brush, and ambassador cards to spread the word.

As Starbucks is urged by activist to go straw-free and McDonald's plans to transition to paper straws, you may be hard-pressed to even find a single use plastic straw. With the FinalStraw, you can be prepared and help eliminate waste - paper, plastic, or otherwise. More than that, you can help save plastic straws from littering the environment. They may be tiny but they add up.

Like I said before, if you have to have your straw, make it a reusable one. FinalStraw is not only a reusable straw, it's the last straw you'll need.

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